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Israeli Men Have Highest Life Expectancy

While Health is Better, Medical Budgets are Smaller

By: News Staff

Published: June 29th, 2012 in News » Israel

Israeli Men Have Highest Life Expectancy

When it comes to the general overall health of Israelis – and its medical system – it’s a good news/bad news scenario.

According to the comparison of the 2012 results of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) members, Israel’s population is younger, lives longer and is less obese than those of other participating OECD countries.

However, on the bad news front, hospital beds, nurses and medical budgets are quite a bit lower than other OECD members.

Experts say that the good health of Israelis may be due, in part, to their Mediterranean diet, climate, lifestyle and yes, even religious observance.

Israeli youngsters are approximately 1.3 times younger than the average in OECD countries, with children up to age 14 accounting for 28 percent of the population – the second- highest rate in the OECD – compared to the OECD average of 15.3%.

Israeli men live the longest of all citizens in OECD countries, with a life expectancy of 79.7 compared to 76.9 in general.

For Israeli women, the news isn’t quite as good, as they rank eighth overall in life expectancy at 83.6 years compared to 82.5 years.

Ministry director-general Prof. Ronni Gamzu said that while Israel ranked high in various important health comparisons, it still faced major challenges in reducing overweight, smoking and alcohol use and expanding medical manpower. With public health spending relatively low, he said, “it strengthens our argument for the government to add resources to the public health system. This is vital for preserving the quality of medical services and boosting equity in the health system.”

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