Occasionally it is interesting to see how health insurance is viewed in other countries. In this case the residents of Israel gave their thoughts on a survey done in 2009. One thing that is similar though is appears is that those needing care and in lower income brackets indicated some form of issue, and mostly cost. BD
A periodic survey on the level of performance of the health system in Israel suggests a rise in the number of Israelis who feel that health services are too costly.
According to the survey for 2009, carried out by the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute every two years, 24 percent of those asked said that health costs are a substantial burden compared to 22 percent in the 2007 report.
This issue was particularly prominent among those with low income (36 percent), patients with chronic conditions (35 percent), and Arabic speakers (24 percent).
Ten percent of the respondents said they did not buy a prescription drug because of the cost, most of them, 27 percent, to treat chronic diseases, 24 percent for skin, eye or digestive system, and 13 percent for costly antibiotics. Moreover, 28 percent did not seek dental treatment because of the cost.
Respondents in the survey did express their satisfaction with the Health Maintenance Organizations, like they did two years ago. The leading HMO in rates of satisfaction was Kupat Holim Maccabi, with 93 percent. Kupat Holim Meuhedet, which held the number one spot since 2001, dropped to second place with a 92 percent approval rating. Kupat Holim Leumit, at 91 percent, and Kupat Holim Clalit with 88 percent followed.