Israel Spent More on Health in 2018, Still Below OECD Average
Last year, Israel spent 7.6% of its GDP on health, a 4.3% increase from 2017. The OECD average was 8.8% that same year
In terms of purchasing power parity (PPP), the Israeli expenditure per person in 2018 was $2,953, lower than most OECD countries. The U.S. expenditure was the highest at $10,586. It is important to note that PPP does not take into consideration factors such as the population's age composition and the country's employment market.
Israel's national expenditure on health has been relatively stable over the past two decades, remaining in the range of 6.9%-7.4% in 2000-2018. In comparison, the OECD average saw greater changes during the same period, with a range of 7.2%-8.8%.
Of the 2018 expenditure for Israel, the government budget accounted for 40%, and 24% was funded by the national health tax. The overall government funding component, 64%, is under the OECD average of 74%. Another 21% came from direct household payments for medical services and pharmaceuticals, while another 13% was payment for private medical services such as private insurance. Overall, Israelis chose to pay 10.3% more for private medical insurance in 2018.