OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Israel 2012

Raising Standards

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At a time when ever more information is available about the quality of health care, the challenge for policy makers is to better understand the policies and approaches that sit behind the numbers. This book examines whether care in Israel is safe, effective and responsive to patients’ needs. It examines what works and what does not work, both to benchmark the efforts of countries and to provide advice on reforms to improve quality of health care.



Quality of care in Israel's health system

This chapter provides an overview of policies and strategies to improve the quality of care in Israel’s health system. It seeks to profile key quality of care policies and benchmark the extent to which Israel has deployed various policies that are commonly used across OECD countries to assure the delivery of high quality care. The chapter covers system wide policies such as legislative and administrative arrangements. It then profiles efforts to assure the quality of inputs into health care, such as education and training of the health workforce and accreditation of health facilities. The chapter then focuses on policies to monitor and drive improvements in the quality of care, which vary considerably in their maturity between hospitals and primary care. In general, Israel’s approach to quality of care places considerable faith in collecting information and relying on dialogue between health care service providers and health funds to drive ongoing improvements in the services they provide.


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