ISRAEL - Healthcare Investment Low, Life Expectancy High

Arno Froese

Israel invests less in healthcare than almost any other OECD country, according to a new report comparing key indicators for population health and health system performance across OECD members, and candidate and partner countries.

According to “Health at a Glance,” health expenditure in Israel is around $2,780 per person per year, while the average OECD country spends $4,000 per person. Spending is only about 7.5% of GDP—also lower than the average for OECD countries, which is 8.8%. This average has basically remained unchanged since 2013, the report said.

Only 15 countries spend less than Israel. These include Turkey, Mexico and India.

In contrast, the United States spends the equivalent of more than $10,000 for each resident—higher than all other OECD countries and representing an expenditure of about 16% of GDP.

It is expected that Israel will only increase spending in the next decade by about 1.3% to reach 8.8% of GDP by 2030.

The good news is that despite the high rate of mortality by avoidable causes, life expectancy in Israel, which stands at 82.6 years, is higher than the average in the OECD countries.

And, when it comes to certain diseases, Israel fares well. The diabetes rate among adults in Israel was 6.4%, low compared to Mexico (13.1%) or even the United States (10.8%).

Deputy Health Minister Yaacov Litzman said that he welcomed the findings of the report, “which again point to the system’s excellence, as well as the challenges that are expected in coming years.

“I am committed to implementing needed changes with the establishment of a new government,” he concluded., 7 November 2019

Arno's commentary

While Israel bemoans the lack of expenditure for health care, it is quite remarkable that the result is extremely positive. Life expectancy in Israel is 82.6 years (USA 80.1 years). Another amazing result when compared with the USA is infant mortality, which is 3.4 per 1,000 live births (USA 5.7). And that with healthcare spending at about one-quarter of the cost in the USA.

Doubtless, this is a development toward Israel’s supremacy. They are different, they are incomparable, and they are God’s only chosen nation, which is destined to be above all others on planet earth.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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