Israeli National Healthcare Spending Up

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The average country in the OECD index utilizes between 7.2% and 8.8% of their national budget on public healthcare. In 2018, the global OECD average spend was 8.8%, yet Israel remained well below at 7.6%. The numbers show that healthcare expenditure in Israel remains fairly stable since 2000, as it typically falls between 6.9% and 7.4%. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, healthcare spending increased by 4.3% in 2018, meaning that about $3,000 was spent per person annually.

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While healthcare funding seems steady, there is a growing gap in terms of where healthcare funds are used, with many who live in poor socioeconomic situations being challenged to access healthcare. For those in a wealthy situation, the private sector is more desired and fruitful. As the Israeli system has no regulations of the private medical sector, as demand grows, prices do too.

About 40% of the national budget is used towards healthcare, including building health facilities, purchasing hospital equipment, and financing healthcare providers. An additional 24% comes from public health taxes. Around 21% is spent towards private medical services, and about 13% of national expenses are used to support healthcare nonprofits insurance and needs.

The average global healthcare expenditure for Israel is 64%, which falls below the global average of 74%. The increase in private spending facilitates a wider gap in social classes, and accessible healthcare services. Medically trained professionals in Israel are decreasing at a concerning level, with only 5 nurses per 1,000 patients, while the OECD average is 9.3. Perhaps now attention and funds should be directed to ensuring widespread quality, training and accessibility to those in need.


Based in the startup city of Tel Aviv, Zo Flamenbaum is a writer and social entrepreneur who dedicates her time to mission-driven projects that empower connection between the many diverse layers of our world. In 2014, she founded School of Shine as a value-based educational space for women who are tired of the ‘default life’ and crave personal freedom through self-expression for more purposeful living.

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