Israel places 4th in health care efficiency

Study: Israel boasts longest life expectancy in Middle East and Africa; sixth favorite location for high-tech companies.

Israel ranks first in longest life expectancy in Africa and the Middle East, according to a Bloomberg poll. (Ariel Jerozolimski for ISRAEL21c)

Israel ranks first in longest life expectancy in Africa and the Middle East, according to a Bloomberg poll. (Ariel Jerozolimski for ISRAEL21c)

In a new survey compiled by Bloomberg, Israel’s healthcare ranked fourth for most efficient system — way ahead of Canada (17th) and the US (46th) and just behind Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

Countries were ranked according to three criteria: life expectancy, percentage of GDP per capita and the absolute per capita cost of health care. Countries included in the survey all had a population of at least five million people, GDP per capita of at least $5,000, and life expectancy of at least 70 years.

In another category of the same survey, Israel ranked first in the longest life expectancy — 81.8 years — in Africa and the Middle East category.

Healthcare costs per capita in Israel were calculated at $2,426, as compared to Canada at $5,630 and the US at $8,608. And though one would think Israelis would top a ‘stressed-out’ list, Bloomberg slotted sabras in at 51st out of 74 countries surveyed. It seems life is toughest in Nigeria and easiest in Norway.

Other statistics showed that Israel was sixth among favorite locations for high-tech companies (US ranked first); 12th amongst longest retirements (17.81 years); 44th among most decadent countries; and 21st among US brain gains (average loss of specialty-occupation workers to the US from 2009 to 2011).

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  • Karin Kloosterman

    Israel also has one of the highest number of doctors per capita in the world; and its healthcare system is all managed online through a central database which makes moving around through different clinics and healthcare companies a breeze. I used to be frustrated that I had to go to the clinic with samples in hand, or scans and files all with me when I was pregnant, but this is probably no doubt an efficient way to cut expenditures. Let the patient be the messenger.