Introduction: Needs and Funding in Israel’s Healthcare System: General Trends

The Israeli healthcare system has many achievements to its credit, at least regarding its relative contribution to Israel’s high life expectancies and low infant mortality rates. In 2014, the life expectancy for Israeli women was 84.1 years; for men it was 80.3 years. These are some of the highest figures in the world: Israeli men rank 3rd globally, while Israeli women rank 11th.1 Israel’s infant mortality rate is one of the world’s lowest — 3.1 per 1,000 live births (2014 data), and is itself a major factor behind the country’s high life expectancy.

This introduction appears in the Center’s annual publication, State of the Nation Report 2016edited by Prof. Avi Weiss.