June 15, 2024

Israel Lags Behind in Hospital Bed Availability, But Plans to Increase Capacity

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

According to a recent report, Israel’s rate of hospital beds per thousand people in general wards is lower than the average of developed countries. Israel ranks fourth from the bottom in this area, with South Korea having the highest rate of 7.3 beds per thousand inhabitants. Germany follows closely behind with 5.8 beds per thousand people, which is considered one of the best health systems in the world.

In addition to this, Israel also lags behind in terms of psychiatric hospitalization and rehabilitation hospital beds. The country has only 0.3 psychiatric hospitalization beds per thousand people, which is below the OECD average of 0.1 beds per thousand people. In rehabilitation departments, Israel has only 0.3 beds per thousand people as well, below the OECD average of 0.5 beds per thousand people.

However, there are plans to increase the number of general hospital beds in Israel by adding an additional 1,790 beds over the next five years, bringing the total number of general hospital beds to around 17,500. Additionally, there will be an increase in rehabilitation and psychiatric hospital bed capacity with plans to add 300 rehabilitation beds and new centers opening in Jerusalem and the north along with an increase of 245 psychiatric bed capacity respectively

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