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Israel’s Healthcare System Faces Challenges, but Ministry of Health Addresses Shortage of Hospital Beds and High Psychiatric Hospitalization Rates

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Alarming Report on Israel’s Health System Ranking at the Bottom of OECD Countries

Israel’s healthcare system is facing a number of challenges, but the Ministry of Health is working to improve it. The country has a lower rate of hospital beds per thousand people in general wards compared to the average of developed countries, with only 2.1 beds per thousand people in 2022. This puts Israel fourth from the bottom in this category, behind South Korea, which has 7.3 beds per thousand inhabitants and Germany, which has 5.8 beds per thousand people.

However, Israel’s psychiatric hospitalization rates are higher than the OECD average of 0.1 beds per thousand people, with 0.3 beds per thousand people in Israel. Similarly, the country has 0.3 rehabilitation beds per thousand people, which is below the OECD average of 0.5 but still higher than Israel’s current numbers.

To address these issues, the Ministry of Health plans to add 1,790 additional hospital beds in the next five years, bringing the total number of general hospital beds in Israel to around 17,500. This includes adding 300 rehabilitation beds and opening new centers in Jerusalem and the north as well as adding another 245 beds to psychiatric wards mostly in general hospitals.

Minister of Health Uriel Bosso stated that efforts are being made to improve healthcare services and provide better quality medical care for Israeli citizens during this complex period for our society . Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov emphasized that adding more beds will help improve medical services and increase accessibility to medical care for all citizens of Israel while also addressing workforce shortages by increasing the number of medical students and specialist doctors throughout the country.

Overall, these changes are part of a larger effort by the Ministry of Health to enhance Israel’s health system and increase accessibility to quality medical care for all citizens while also addressing future challenges such as an aging population and increased demand for healthcare services due to COVID-19 pandemic aftermath.

By Samantha Jones

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