Alarming Report on Israel’s Health System Ranking at the Bottom of OECD Countries

Israel has a lower rate of hospital beds per thousand people in general wards compared to the average of 2.4 in developed countries, according to a report. South Korea leads the list with 7.3 hospital beds per thousand inhabitants, followed by Germany with 5.8 beds per thousand people. Lithuania, Austria, Belgium, and Slovakia are also among the top countries with high numbers of hospital beds per thousand people. However, Israel has a lower number of psychiatric hospitalization beds than most developed countries, with only 0.3 beds per thousand inhabitants compared to an average of 1.3 in other countries like South Korea and Belgium. The OECD average for psychiatric hospitalization beds is only 0.1 beds per thousand people. Additionally, Israel has fewer rehabilitation beds than many developed countries as well, with only 0.3 rehabilitation beds per thousand inhabitants compared to an average of 0.5 in other countries like Germany.

To address these issues and improve the healthcare system in Israel, the Ministry of Health plans to add 1,790 additional hospital beds over the next five years, bringing the total number of general hospital beds to around 17,500. This will also include adding 300 new rehabilitation department beds and opening new centers in Jerusalem and the north.

Minister of Health Uriel Bosso stated that Israel is currently undergoing a complex period but that efforts are being made to improve the healthcare system and provide better quality medical care for its citizens.

Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov emphasized the importance of adding more hospital beds to improve medical services in Israel and increase accessibility to quality medical care for all citizens.

The Ministry is also working on increasing the number of medical students and specialist doctors across all fields and regions in Israel.

Overall, these efforts aim to enhance the health system’s quality and accessibility while addressing future challenges related to healthcare provision in Israel.

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