Coronavirus Exposes Broken Israeli Health System


Israel's health system does many things well, but for decades it has lagged behind the world in the number of hospital beds per capita and has been chronically underfunded.

Now, the coronavirus is exposing that glaring deficiency, writes Amos Harel at Haaretz.

The public health system has been starved for years, its staff and equipment systematically suffer from chronic insufficiency, and every unusually severe seasonal flu threatens them with collapse.

Now they’re facing the coronavirus, for which they’re unprepared. Many staffers are already in quarantine for fear that they’ve been infected, and in the background are the past week’s terrifying events in Italy and Spain.

To date, nearly 1,000 Israelis have contracted the virus and one person has died.

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