Life expectancy gaps narrowed among localities of above 50,000 inhabitants in the 2000-2009 timeframe ​The Central Bureau of Statistics today published data from a study conducted jointly with the Economics and Life Insurance department of the Ministry of Health, from which it appears that life expectancy gaps narrowed among localities of above 50,000 inhabitants in the 2002-2009 timeframe
The gap between the locality with the highest life expectancy (Raanana), and the one with the lowest life expectancy (Nazareth), for which there is data for 2002 as well, diminished in this period by 4 months. Whereas the life expectancy in Raanana increased by 1.8 years, the life expectancy in Nazareth increased by over 2.2 years – a 20% gap in favor of Nazareth.
The data show that the increase in inequalities within Israeli society in those years was not felt in the health system. It is worth noting that since 2009 (the last year for which data is available), the Ministry of Health and the HMOs have embarked on a long series of steps intended to further narrow the health gaps.
Deputy Minister of Health, MK Yaakov Litzman expressed his satisfaction with the data from the study and said that the trend toward reducing life expectancy gaps in Israel promote equality across the country, especially as far as health issues are concerned, and which affect each and every individual: “We consider the reduction of health gaps to be one of the primary goals of the Ministry of Health’s activity, and we shall continue to invest resources and efforts to this end, out of our commitment to the quality of life of Israel’s citizens”.