Israel lags behind developed world in number of nurses, physicians

January 28, 2016 05:28


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Although efforts have been made to increase the number of physicians and nurses, there still are not enough.

This is one of the conclusions to be drawn from the Health Ministry’s annual report on manpower in the medical professions, released for publication on Thursday.

The report, which covers 2014, compares manpower rates here with those in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries.

The rate of doctors, dentists, dental technicians and medical lab workers continued to decline in 2014; the rate of nurses stabilized after a decline in the decade of 2000; and the rate of pharmacists, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, clinical communications specialists, dental hygienists, clinical dietitians, optometrists and clinical geneticists rose.

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