According to a recent OECD report that surveyed 34 countries, life expectancy in Israel is of the highest amongst those countries. Though not all of the data is good, it shows that Israel has a lower rate of beds per patient in hospitals, a shortage of nurses and one of the highest breast cancer death rates.
According to the collected data, Israel has the 4th highest life expectancy amongst the organization’s countries. The average Israeli male lives 79.9 years compared to the organization’s average of 77.3. First amongst countries is Icelan with an average of 80.7 years and the last place is Estonia with 71.2 years. However, the gap for female life expectancy is lower with Israel’s being 83.6 compared to the origination’s 83.1.
The data also shows that over 65 year olds make up 10% of Israel’s population compared to an average of 15.4% amongst OECD countries.
Conditions in hospitals are not as positive. According to the report, the rate of general hospitalization beds is very low compared with other organization countries, standing at 1.9 beds per 1000 people as opposed to 3.4 in other OECD countries.
How much does Israel spend on health? The national health expenditures as a percentage of gross national product is low compared to OECD countries standing at 7.7%, as opposed to 9.3% amongst the organization’s countries.
More data shows that Israel has one of the highest breast cancer death rates amongst OECD countries. While the organization’s average stands at 25.8 deaths per 100,000 women, the average in Israel is 31.2 deaths.
In contrast, death as a result of prostate cancer is lower in Israel compared to other countries with 17.2 per 100,000 men as opposed to an organization average of 33.4 deaths.
The number of hospitalization days in Israel is low. According to the report, the number of hospitalization days stands at 4.2 days as opposed to OECD countries where the average is 6.5. Only one country is below Israel on the list – Turkey with an average of 3.8 days.
Israel’s fertility rate amongst women aged 15-49 is quite positive. According to the data Israel is atop the list with an average of 3 children per women, while the organization average stands at 1.7. Israel is far above the second country on the list – New Zealand where the average stands at 2.1 children.
The obesity rate amongst Israeli men is also higher compared to other organization countries with the Israeli rate standing at 57.8%, as opposed to the organization’s 56.3%. However, obesity amongst Israeli women stands at 42.9% which is lower than the organization’s average of 43.8%.