Table of Contents

Foreword; Acknowledgements; Table of contents; Acronyms and abbreviations; Executive summary; Assessment and recommendations; Quality of care in Israel's health system; Introduction; Context; Profiling policies on quality of health care and their impact; Conclusions; Bibliography; Strengthening community-based primary health care; Introduction; Primary care in Israel is well-developed, accessible and of high quality; Performance in some areas needs further improvement and unnecessary hospitalisations raise concern; Areas for improvement in Israeli's primary care system; Conclusions; Notes BibliographyTackling inequalities in health and health care in Israel; Introduction; The Israeli health care system is designed to provide equity in health care, and moves are underway to reduce prevailing inequalities; Israel has a good information architecture for measuring inequalities but there are some important gaps; Rising out-of-pocket payments for health care have implications for equity of access and quality; Reducing geographical inequalities in health care capacity should be a priority Health promotion and health education services for disadvantaged groups, and culturally competent care, should be strengthened furtherConclusions; Notes; Bibliography; The quality of diabetes care in Israel; Introduction; Diabetes is a growing public health threat in Israel; Despite good health promotion and prevention, efforts to tackle risky behaviour should be scaled up and widened in focus; Secondary prevention and diagnosis of diabetes strategies in Israel are in line with current international standards Israel has good measurement of quality of diabetes care, but co-ordination of care for diabetic patients can be improvedIsrael should step up efforts to manage diabetes complications and its co-morbidities; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography 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.