​Medical care improving but better prevention and management of chronic diseases needed to cut costs, says the OECD.

The OECD’s latest edition of Health at a Glance which presents the most recent comparable data on key indicators of health and health systems across OECD countries shows that the quality of medical care for chronic conditions is improving in OECD countries, with higher survival rates for life-threatening diseases.

Health at a Glance 2011 shows that, on average across the OECD, only 4% of people hospitalised after a heart attack now die within 30 days following hospital admission, down from 8% in 2000, 4% and 7% respectively, in Israel. 3.5% of people hospitalised after an ischemic stroke in Israel die within 30 days following hospital admission, down from 5.1% in 2000, compared to the OECD average of 5.2% and 6.2%, respectively. The in-hospital case-fatality rate within 30 days after admission for hemorrhagic stroke is higher in Israel, 24.2% compared to 22.6% on average in the OECD in 2009. Survival rates for different types of cancer are also increasing,. The five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 was 84% in 2009 across OECD countries, up from 79% for those diagnosed in 1997. Survival rates in Israel are higher and improved from 80.5% for those diagnosed in 1997 to 86% for diagnosed in 2003. The five-year survival rates for people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are also higher in Israel compared to average OECD and improved from 58.7% for survival until 2002 to 64.7% for survival until 2008, compared to 54.6% until 2002 and 59.9% until 2009 on average for the OECD

 In-hospital case-fatality rates within 30 days after admission for AMI, 2000-2009 (or nearest year)

OECD Health at a Glance 2011: Key findings for Israel

Note: Rates age-sex standardized to 2005 OECD population (45+). 95% confidence intervals represented by H.
Source: OECD Health Data 2011.