Israel’s Health System: Struggling with Insufficient Hospital Beds, Yet Pursuing Expansion Efforts

Israel’s Health System Ranks at the Bottom of OECD Countries: A Troubling Report

Israel has a lower rate of hospital beds per thousand people compared to developed countries, according to a recent report. The country had 2.1 beds per thousand people in general wards in 2022, while the average for developed countries is 2.4. South Korea has the highest rate at 7.3 beds per thousand inhabitants, followed by Germany with 5.8 beds per thousand people.

When it comes to psychiatric hospitalization beds, Israel lags behind with only 0.3 beds per thousand people, below the OECD average of 0.1 beds per thousand people. In rehabilitation departments, Israel also falls short with 0.3 hospital beds per thousand people, which is below the OECD average of 0.5 beds per thousand people.

However, the Ministry of Health is taking steps to improve the situation. They plan to add an additional 1,790 hospital beds in the next five years, bringing the total number of general hospital beds in Israel to around 17,500. They also plan to add 300 beds in rehabilitation departments and open new centers in Jerusalem and the north, as well as adding 245 beds in psychiatric wards.

Minister of Health Uriel Bosso emphasized the importance of these additions as part of ongoing efforts to improve the health system in Israel. Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov highlighted the need for more beds, additional personnel and increased funding to enhance medical services for all residents of Israel. The Ministry is committed to continuing these efforts to improve the health system for the future.

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