Few weeks ago the OECD launched its extensive annul database on health statistics- The OECD Health Statistics 2014. The analysis of the data, performed by the organization reveals that health expenditures in many OECD countries have started to rise after a long period of stagnation or even falling in some of the countries. Nevertheless, several countries (especially among the European ones) still suffer from from a lower than the pre-crisis level of health spending. In 2012, the average health expenditures in the OECD accounted for 9.3% of GDP, a slight rise from the 9.2% of GDP in 2011.
Using the updated health database, the OECD has provided specific country notes for all the member countries and another six partner countries. These country notes allow a glace into the strengths and the weaknesses of the health system of every country.
The country note, dedicated to Israel, reveals some interesting information:
In 2012, health spending (private and public) in Israel have accounted for 7.3% of GDP, lower than the 9.3% average in the OECD countries. In most OECD member countries, the public sector is the main funding source of the national health system, this is the case in Israel as well. However, while the average public funding in the member countries is responsible for 72% of health spending, in Israel it accounts for only 60%.
The OECD report states that contrary to many other countries, health expenditures in Israel have not been effected by the crisis and have been steadily growing by an annual percent of 4%-5%.