Index / Health
Israel outranks every other MENA country in the fields of health, whether individual health conditions or the quantity and quality of available services. Life expectancy is 2 years more than number two, Jordan, and 7 years more than the neighbour in north, Lebanon. In short, there are few to no differences between Israel and Western European countries.
The health system of Israel offers equal rights for all citizens, as defined in the National Health Insurance Law which came into effect first in 1995. Health services are funded by the state, but administration is through 4 parallel health maintenance organizations (Clalit; Meuhedet; Maccabi; and Leumit), to which each citizen is member of only one. Change of membership is possible. To be eligible, a citizen must pay a health insurance tax. Yet, some services are operated directly by the state.
There are also a few fully private hospitals.
Health conditions and diseases
With the highest life expectancy in the Middle East, Israel is ranked 11 in the world, only 1.8 years behind Andorra, the number 1 in the world. Overweight is at a acceptable 57%, with 20% obesity.
Good access to clean water and sanitation is today available to 100% of the population.