man in hospital bed with nurse 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) Wednesday shows that in 2009 Israel spent an average
of 7.9 percent of its GDP on health compared with the OECD average of
9.6% of GDP. Moreover, the survey found that Israel has not raised GDP
spending on health for 15 years.
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The report also found that
public funding of health services in Israel amounts to 58% of the total
compared with the OECD average of 72%. Per capita health expenditure in
Israel totals $2,164 annually, 30% lower than the OECD average of
Between 2000 and 2009 per capita spending on health in Israel rose 1.5%, well below the OECD average of 4%.
Despite Israel's relative miserliness on health spending, it seems that
Israelis are healthier than their OECD counterparts. Average life
expectancy in Israel is 81.6 compared with the OECD average life
expectancy of 79.5.
Survival rates for breast cancer and cancer in general are far higher in Israel than for the OECD as a whole.