The Structure of the Health Care System in the State of Israel

Keywords: Ministry of health, Patient Rights Law, hospitals, health founds, public health services, and private health services


The health care system in the State of Israel consists of two sectors - the public sector, which includes government-owned hospitals and medical institutes, and the private sector. The public health sector includes the community health system, health funds, family medicine, the general health care system, and the mental health care system. The private sector includes private hospitals and medical institutes. Both sectors are supervised by the Israeli Ministry of Health, which is the supreme governmental authority through which the government implements its policy throughout the entire health system. The law provides and guarantees for every resident of Israel medical insurance, the right to receive medical treatment, the prohibition of discrimination, the provider’s obligation to obtain informed consent prior to treatment, the right to receive an additional medical opinion, and the dignity and privacy of the patient. Health funds in Israel were established before the State of Israel was established. The ideological concept of the health funds was based on the principle of equality and mutual assistance.


Amit Sarid, Diana Nakmuli Levi, Amatzia Ginat: Medicine in the public - doctors who practice family medicine in Israel, Ministry of Health publishing, Jerusalem (editor). 2005, june. 2-9.

Shaul Ben Shimol, Sophia Graetz, Yuval Turbati: The health system in Israel - a transition from public medicine to private medicine, Maalot S&P Global ratings publishing (editor). 2008 March 2,16-17.

Noga Boulder. Israel Health System: Management of Medical Technologies, Israel Center for Assessment of Technologies in Health Services, Gertner Institute publishing for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, Initial release. (book) 2013 May: part A: 1-11.

Shifra Schwartz: Politics and Health, The Steps for the Development of the Hebrew Sick Funds in Palestine during the British Mandate Rule, Eyunim Betkumat Israel-Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. 2003: pp:553-582.

Hospitalization and Day Care Institutions in Israel, Ministry of Health Website, State of Israel [internet].

Key issues in the field of health - the Knesset, Research and Information Center [internet]. State of Israel.

Shelly Levy. Mental Health Hospitalization in Israel. Research and information center. Knesset, State of Israel, February 2, 2010.

Private medical services in Israel [internet]. TASC Consulting & Capital.

How to Cite
Sabbah, M. (2019). The Structure of the Health Care System in the State of Israel. Journal of Medical Science.
Review Papers