(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Although the crowding in medical centers continues and the Health Ministry
promised several years ago that it would add over 1,000 funded hospital beds in
the coming years, only 249 have been added, according to a report the ministry
issued on Tuesday.
Of these – which made for a total of 14,972 in general
hospitals by the end of 2012 – 67 were in internal medicine departments, 60 in
adult and child intensive care units, 52 in neonatal intensive care units, and
40 in obstetrics. Most of the beds were added in the North and the Tel Aviv
area, with fewer in the South, Center, Jerusalem and Haifa regions.
rate of hospital beds compared to the size of the population continues to
decline, the ministry conceded – only 1.88 per 1,000 residents.
average hospital stay remained steady at four days, compared to 4.3 days in
2000, according to the report. The length of stay generally reflects crowding in
the medical centers, as there is no room to keep patients who may need more time
in a ward.
Psychiatric inpatient institutions had 3,467 funded beds at
the end of last year, most of them owned by the government, and a tenth of them
by Clalit Health Services. The trend of caring for psychiatric patients in the
community rather than in institutions continues, the report said.
year, there were 24,463 funded beds in hospitals for the elderly and chronically
ill, an increase of 44 beds. More than half were owned by private
Rehabilitation hospital beds totaled 723 – a decline of 58
from the previous year. A third were in state institutions, and a third owned by
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