Israel’s Health System Lags Behind in Hospital Beds per Thousand People: Government Plans for Additions

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Israel’s Health System Lags Behind in Hospital Beds per Thousand People

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. According to a recent report, South Korea has the highest rate of hospital beds per thousand inhabitants at 7.3, followed by Germany with 5.8 beds per thousand people. While Israel ranks fourth from the bottom in this area, there are plans to improve its health system by adding more hospital beds and personnel.

Israel also lags behind in psychiatric hospitalization beds with only 0.3 beds per thousand people, which is below the OECD average of 0.1 beds per thousand people. In rehabilitation departments, Israel has even fewer beds at 0.3 per thousand people, compared to the OECD average of 0.5 beds per thousand people. However, the Ministry of Health is planning to add more beds and open new centers in Jerusalem and the north to improve these areas of healthcare.

The Ministry of Health also 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, they plan to add 300 beds in rehabilitation departments and 245 beds in psychiatric wards to enhance medical services for all residents of Israel.

Minister of Health Uriel Bosso emphasized the importance of these additions as part of ongoing efforts to improve the health system. Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov highlighted the need for more funding and additional medical personnel to provide better accessibility and quality care for all residents of Israel.

Overall, while there is room for improvement in Israel’s health system, with these planned additions and ongoing efforts by the Ministry of Health and other government agencies, it is hoped that Israeli residents will have access to better healthcare services in the future.

In summary:

Israel has one of the lowest rates of hospital beds per thousand people among developed countries with only 2.1 general ward bed rate compared to an average rate across developed countries which is approximately 24 bed/thousand inhabitants.

The country also lags behind other developed countries when it comes to psychiatric and rehabilitation department bed rates.

Despite this gap between Israeli hospitals and their counterparts across Europe or North America, The government plans on adding almost two thousands additional general ward bed over next five years.

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