(photo credit: Courtesy)
The level of national expenditures for health in 2010 – 7.5 percent of GDP – was
the lowest level in the past decade and among the lowest in the OECD countries,
according to a report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on
The CBS said the figures reflect the relatively low expenditure
on Israel’s health system compared to its Gross Domestic Product.
year, there was a small decline in the proportion of private expenditure
(copayments) for health, leaving it at 38%, compared to 62% coming from the
During 2008 and 2009, private spending accounting for 39%
of spending on health. This was the lowest rate of private expenditures for
healthcare since 2004, the report said. Despite this slight decline, Israel
remains one of the nations with the lowest healthcare spending in the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
for health rose last year by 3% compared to 2009, the report said. Per capita
expenditures in fixed prices rose by 1%, reaching NIS 61.2 billion.
figure was comprised of all hospital, health fund and dental expenses in the
public and private sectors, including costs for medications and building heath
Of the 27 OECD countries, the US was far ahead in
health expenditure, at 17.4% of its GDP; behind that were the Netherlands and
France at 12%. The countries with the lowest health expenditures were Turkey
(6.1%), Mexico (6.4%), South Korea (6.9%) and Estonia (7%).
Minister Ya’acov Litzman said he was “determined to continue [current] social
policy in the health system to ease the public’s financial burden in health
expenditures by reducing medication prices, canceling the wellbaby clinic fees
and reforming dental care for children.
Ministry director-general Dr.
Ronni Gamzu added that he hoped 2010 would be registered as a turnaround in
private medical expenditures by continuing a decline instead of constantly
rising. It was important to remember, he said, that Israel has room for
improvement in private health expenditures. “We must continue to act daily to
reduce the financial burden on the citizen.”