Healthcare in Israel heats up

Israel is one of the world’s healthiest countries, enjoying a life expectancy among the highest in the world: 84 years for women and 81 years for men.

By JOSHUA SHEMER
May 4, 2017 19:49
2 minute read.
A DAMAGED building in Ashdod.

A DAMAGED building in Ashdod. Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014 furnished further proof of the need for a hospital in the city, as 236 missiles rained down on close to half a million Ashdod-region residents.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

There’s a new player on the field of Israel’s healthcare system. The first public hospital to be built in Israel in more than 40 years will open its doors next month, bringing cutting edge technology and innovative integrated care to the city of Ashdod and the surrounding region.

Israel is one of the world’s healthiest countries, enjoying a life expectancy among the highest in the world: 84 years for women and 81 years for men. Israel’s healthcare is mandated by law and provided by four nonprofit HMOs. Every citizen is obligated to join a health plan, but is free to choose and move from one to another.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Israel’s healthcare system is an international leader in the implementation of Health IT and was among the first in the world to implement shared electronic medical records.

For the past 20 years, the city of Ashdod, located just 25 kilometers from the Gaza Strip, has led a battle for quality, immediate medical care. Ashdod is the fifth largest city in Israel and the only one of Israel’s 10 largest cities without a local hospital. Ashdod’s mega campaign led to a government-issued tender in 2011 to build a new hospital. The Assuta Medical Centers Network won the tender.

The 2014 Operation Protective Edge in Gaza was further proof of the need, as 236 missiles rained down on close to half a million Ashdod-region residents.

Assuta Medical Centers is the leading private hospital network in Israel, with seven facilities across the country.

It is owned by the non-profit Maccabi Healthcare Services, the second largest HMO in Israel. In just four years, Assuta built a seven-story, 300-bed advanced, general public hospital, with plans to grow to 700 beds.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Featuring a unique bomb shelter design, the hospital is fully prepared for security crises, protected from missile attack and from biological and chemical warfare. This ensures continuous operation during times of conflict.

Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital is also Israel’s first green, environmentally friendly hospital. It will be paperless, with a digital infrastructure that ensures real-time communication among medical staff, patients and their families.

Affiliated with Ben-Gurion University Medical School in Beersheba, Assuta Ashdod will help train Israel’s next generation of doctors. Most important, Assuta Ashdod will be the hub of a totally integrated community-care system, providing patient-centered, coordinated care.

The Integrated Care System is a new national and international model that provides a holistic approach to healthcare and support needs. Assuta Ashdod is called a “community with a hospital,” as services are organized and delivered based on the needs of the individual, their caregiver and family. The hospital’s seamless integrated care will reduce the unnecessary, and often harmful, use of medical services and will work to top the charts of life-expectancy rates worldwide.

Assuta Ashdod will spur further growth in Ashdod, as it provides more than 1,200 new jobs. The hospital is filling new positions for some 250 physicians and 500 nurses in addition to technical and support staff. This is certainly one of the most dramatic Zionist projects in Israel today, as Assuta Ashdod gears up for a record of home runs in quality healthcare.

The writer is chairman of the Assuta Medical Centers Network.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Cancer Detection Platform
October 17, 2018
Safety net: How social networks improve the world of medicine for cancer patients

By DANIEL VOROBIOF