Israel Lags in Hospital Bed Rates, Plans to Improve Health System: Analysis of Hospitalization Rates for General Wards, Psychiatry, and Rehabilitation Departments”.

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

In 2022, Israel had a lower rate of hospital beds per thousand people compared to the average in developed countries. The report reveals that Israel had 2.1 beds per thousand people in general wards, while the average in developed countries was 2.4. This puts Israel in fourth place from the bottom, with South Korea having the highest rate at 7.3 hospital beds per thousand inhabitants. Germany followed closely behind with 5.8 beds per thousand people, which is considered one of the best health systems in the world.

However, Israel’s rate of psychiatric hospitalization beds was even lower than its general ward rate, standing at just 0.3 beds per thousand people. South Korea and Belgium led the list with rates of 1.3 beds per thousand people each, while the OECD average was just 0.1 beds per thousand people in this area. In rehabilitation departments, Israel also lagged behind with a rate of only 0.3 hospital beds per thousand people, below the OECD average of 0.5 beds per thousand people.

Despite these low rates, the Ministry of Health has plans to add more hospital beds to improve the health system in Israel. An additional 1,790 general hospital beds are expected to be added over the next five years, bringing the total number of general hospital beds to around 17,500. The Ministry also plans to add 300 beds in rehabilitation departments and open new centers in Jerusalem and the north and expects to add an additional 245 psychiatric wards bed as well .

Minister of Health Uriel Bosso emphasized that these additions are crucial for ongoing efforts to improve accessibility and quality of care for all residents of Israel

In 2022, Israel had a lower rate of hospital beds per thousand people compared to the average in developed countries. The report reveals that Israel had 2.1 beds per thousand people in general wards, while the average in developed countries was 2.4. This puts Israel in fourth place from the bottom, with South Korea having…

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