Israel Lags Behind in Hospital Bed Availability: What the Ministry is Doing to Improve Healthcare Services

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

In 2022, Israel had a rate of 2.1 beds per thousand people in general wards, which is lower than the average of 2.4 in developed countries. The country ranks fourth from the bottom in the table, with South Korea having the highest rate of 7.3 hospital beds per thousand inhabitants. Germany follows with 5.8 beds per thousand inhabitants, which is considered one of the best health systems in the world.

However, Israel’s rate of psychiatric hospitalization beds is even lower at 0.3 beds per thousand people, with Korea and Belgium leading the list at 1.3 beds per thousand. The OECD average in this area is 0.1 beds per thousand people. In rehabilitation departments, Israel also lags behind with 0.3 hospital beds per thousand people, below the OECD average of 0.5 beds per thousand people.

To address these issues, Minister of Health Uriel Bosso has emphasized the importance of adding more hospital beds as part of ongoing efforts to improve the health system. The Ministry plans to add an additional 1,790 hospital beds in general wards over the next five years, bringing the total number of general hospital beds in Israel to around 17,500. Additionally, Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov highlighted the need for more personnel and increased funding to enhance medical services for all residents of Israel.

The Ministry is also committed to increasing medical personnel and improving accessibility and quality of care for patients across all departments including psychiatric wards and rehabilitation departments where they plan to add 300 new beds each.

These efforts are aimed at improving healthcare services for all residents while ensuring that they receive high-quality care regardless of their location or socioeconomic status.

Overall, these changes will have a positive impact on patients’ overall health outcomes and contribute to a better future for healthcare services in Israel.

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