Number of doctors dwindling in Israel

The number of doctors per capita in Israel is dropping to serious levels, according to a Health Ministry report.

At the end of last year there were 3.5 doctors under the age of 65 per 1,000 people in Israel, compared with 3.7 per 1,000 at the end of 2000, according to the report.

Fewer doctors are moving to Israel from the diaspora, according to the report, which pointed out that the number of licenses issued to doctors of Eastern European origin has dipped to very low levels.

Currently, 40 percent of doctors in Israel are women and some 43 percent of new physicians were women. — jta