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

According to a recent report, Israel had fewer than the average number of hospital beds in general wards in 2022. With 2.1 beds per thousand people, Israel ranked fourth from the bottom among developed countries. South Korea led the list with 7.3 beds per thousand inhabitants, followed closely by Germany with 5.8 beds per thousand people. Other countries on the list include Lithuania, Austria, Belgium, and Slovakia.

In terms of psychiatric hospitalization beds, Israel has only 0.3 beds per thousand people, which is below the OECD average of 0.5 and far lower than some developed countries like South Korea and Belgium that have an average of 1.3 beds per thousand people in their psychiatric departments. Similarly, Israel has only 0.3 rehabilitation beds per thousand people, which is also below the OECD average of 0.5 and falls short of Germany’s impressive total of 2 rehabilitation beds per thousand inhabitants.

The Ministry of Health has recognized these shortcomings and plans to add over 1,790 additional hospital beds in the next five years to improve medical services in Israel and increase accessibility to medical care for its citizens. The addition of these new beds will bring the total number of general hospital beds in Israel up to around 17,500, while also adding new rehabilitation centers in Jerusalem and the north as well as more specialist doctors and medical students across all fields and regions of the country to enhance the health system overall.

Minister Uriel Bosso stated that this period is a complex one but efforts are being made to improve healthcare services in Israel so that patients can receive better quality medical care than ever before.

Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov emphasized that adding more hospital beds is crucial for improving medical services and increasing accessibility to care for all citizens.

Overall, it’s clear that Israel’s healthcare system needs improvement but with added resources like more hospital beds and more medical personnel it can be achieved soon enough for everyone’s benefit.

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