A Health Professions Human Resources report published by the Ministry of Health compares Israel’s health professions last year to the OECD countries, showing a decline in the number of doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists.

The report shows that the number of people to finish medical school in Israel is lower than the other countries researched: 3.8 students in 100 thousand people. The OECD average is 11.2 students.

Nonetheless, the number of employed doctors in Israel is similar to the rest of the countries examined: 3.3 employed doctors for every 1,000 citizens. This perhaps stems from the increase in Israeli medical school graduates abroad.

The relative number of nurses employed in Israel is lower than the OECD average, and stands on 4.8 nurses for every 1,000 citizens. The number of nurse school graduates in Israel is also lower than the OECD average.