Three years after the outbreak of the pandemic, the healthcare
system continues to deal with the challenges that it faced prior
to the crisis, and in particular health disparities, both in health
outcomes and in manpower and budgets.
The budget for the healthcare services basket has eroded
continually and is not updated according to those measures
recommended by many professional committees over the
years. Low public expenditure leads to long waiting times for
appointments and consultations, to workforce shortages, and
to shortages in essential equipment. All of this is even more
evident in the periphery of the country.
Of particular concern in recent years is the sharp rise in
narcotic pain medication consumption (opioids) in Israel.
In 2020, Israel placed first worldwide in prescription opioid
consumption, in particular due to a sharp increase in the use