Israel’s Healthcare System Struggles to Keep Up with Global Standards, New Hospital Beds Planned to Boost Capacity

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

According to a recent report, Israel had a rate of 2.1 hospital beds per thousand people in general wards in 2022, which is lower than the average of 2.4 beds per thousand people in developed countries. The country ranks fourth from the bottom in this area, with South Korea having the highest rate at 7.3 beds per thousand inhabitants. However, when it comes to psychiatric hospitalization beds, Israel is far behind with only 0.3 beds per thousand people. In contrast, Belgium and Korea lead the list with 1.3 beds per thousand people.

In rehabilitation departments, Israel also falls short of expectations with only 0.3 beds per thousand people, below the OECD average of 0.5 beds per thousand people. The Ministry of Health has recognized these shortcomings and plans to address them by adding an additional 1,790 general hospital beds over the next five years, bringing the total number of general hospital beds to around 17,500. Furthermore, they plan to add 300 beds in rehabilitation departments and open new centers in Jerusalem and the north and also add 245 beds in psychiatric wards.

Minister of Health Uriel Bosso emphasized that these additions are crucial for improving the health system’s quality and accessibility for all residents of Israel. Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov highlighted that there is a need for more funding to enhance medical services for all residents of Israel as well as an increase in medical personnel to ensure better care for patients

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