Israel is a relatively rapidly growing country with a high fertility rate and a young population. These data emphasize the importance of an efficient and appropriate pediatric service for its population. Although the pediatric service in Israel has attained several achievements, such as a relatively low infant mortality, high vaccination rates, and a primary care service that is mainly based on licensed pediatricians, several challenges, such as overcoming inequalities in health care and health indices between different regions and different populations within the country and the provision of a more organized mental and dental health care service to children, need to be addressed.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
In Israel, the National Quality Measures Program was founded in 1999 as a research project at Ben-Gurion University funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health care Research, with the voluntary cooperation of all four health plans. In 2004, it became a national program and was adopted by the MoH and the National Health Council. The program allows ongoing quality assessment of selected services provided by the health plans. To date, the reports of the National Quality Measures Program present only national data. Information on the performance of individual plans is not available to the public or to competing plans. 3
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health