Israel’s Hospital Bed Rates Lag Behind Developed Countries: A Call for Improvement in the Health System

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

Israel has lower hospital bed rates compared to developed countries, with only 2.1 beds per thousand people in general wards in 2022, according to a report. The country ranks fourth from the bottom in this category, with South Korea leading the list with 7.3 beds per thousand inhabitants. Germany follows closely behind with 5.8 beds per thousand people, alongside other countries such as 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. However, the Ministry of Health is planning to add 1,790 additional hospital beds in the next five years to improve medical services in Israel and increase the number of medical personnel. This will bring the total number of general hospital beds to around 17,500 and add 300 rehabilitation beds with new centers opening in Jerusalem and the north. Another 245 beds are expected to be added in psychiatric wards mostly in general hospitals. Overall, the goal is to enhance the health system and accessibility to medical care while addressing future challenges.

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