Israel’s health care system is a world leader in delivering quality health care. Yet ongoing concerns about workforce shortages, the growth of private medicine, and persistent health inequalities are driving national initiatives to ensure equitable access to quality care for the entire population.
MJB’s Smokler Center for Health Policy Research provides independent and objective research to inform policymaking on these crucial national issues.
2019 Research Focus
Processes of reform and efficiency in the health care system
- Private-public mix in health care funding
- The mental health reform
- Improving methods of pricing medical procedures in hospitals
- Israel’s hospital infrastructure: analysis of the current situation and projected future needs
Advancement of disadvantaged populations
- Integrating health care services and social services for children living in poverty and people with disabilities
- Reducing gaps (including gaps between Jews and Arabs)
Preparing the health care system for the rapid aging of the population with regard to budget and services
- Dental treatment for the elderly
The consumer’s voice in the health care system and patient-centered treatment
Implementing big-data methods in research on health care policy and services
The Shortage of Arab Professionals in Mental-Health Services — Causes and Solutions
The goals of the study were to identify the obstacles to recruiting Arab students into the various training tracks for mental-health professions and to subsequently finding work in their professions.
Who Cares for the Caregiver? How the Health Services Address the Needs of Family Caregivers
The study helps to identify the health needs of family caregivers and those in high-risk groups.
Policy Efforts to Strengthen Public Hospitals in Israel
Private funding of health services in Israel has negative consequences for the public system, including hospitals. This article describes policy measures that the government is promoting to minimize these effects.