Israel’s Hospitals Are Overcrowded Year Round, Not Just in Winter

Although the population is both aging and growing, the Health Ministry has added few beds, leaving more patients in hospital hallways.

Winter has struck again in Israel, and once again the newspaper headlines are screaming about the intolerable overcrowding in hospital corridors, emergency rooms and even the dining rooms, which have been turned into field hospitals. Why are we seeing the same pictures year after year, and why does it seem that the situation is only getting worse? The answer, in cut-and-dried numbers, is that Israel is at the...