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.



The quality of diabetes care in Israel

This chapter reviews the quality of diabetes care in Israel. Diabetes care is mainly provided and co-ordinated in the community care sector. As a result of improvements made in the community care sector at large, quality of care provided to patients with diabetes has been improving in recent years, as shown by decrease in long and short-term complications. Today, quality of care appears to be good in the general population, but remains a problem in some population groups. Scaling-up and widening diabetes prevention programmes, especially amongst disadvantaged populations and some ethnic groups will be required in the context of a rising disease burden. Moreover, these population groups might also suffer poorer health outcomes than the rest of the population and may require specific tailored care. Care co-ordination and continuity, especially between the community care sector and hospital sector will also need to be improved, especially as patients with diabetes are likely to experience complications. A particular focus on diabetes co-morbidities, including mental health, will be required to move towards greater patient-centred care and better outcomes.


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