OECD health report: Israel lags in geriatric nursing care

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVITCH
May 18, 2011 16:52

Too many elderly and ill Israelis "fall through the cracks" and do not receive adequate geriatric nursing care when they are no longer eligible for acute medical care in the hospitals, according to a report issued by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development released on Wednesday -- the first release for such a report since Israel formally joined the OECD a year ago.

The report, provided by the Health Ministry in Jerusalem, said that Israel will have among the highest growth rate in its geriatric population in the coming years compared to other OECD member states.

Called "Help Wanted. Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care," the report was prepared over the last two years.


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