Israeli men live longer, on average, than men in most developed countries while Israeli women rank close to the middle of the pack compared to their international counterparts, according to a report released by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies.
Men in only five countries have longer life spans than Israeli males, who live an average of 78 years: Iceland (79.2), Japan (78.6), Switzerland (78.6), Sweden (78.4), and Australia (78.1).
Israeli women live longer than Israeli men with an average lifespan of 82.4 years, but place lower among females. Average lifespan is a measure for defining quality of life and differentiating between developed and undeveloped countries.
According to the report, the mortality rate in cities in the center of the country as well as Jerusalem is 7 to 8 percent lower than the average national rate. The most prevalent causes of death here are heart and blood vessel diseases, which were responsible for 30 percent of all deaths in 2003, and cancer, at 25 percent.
“The quality and high level” of doctors and nurses “are not an insignificant source of the success of the Israeli health system,” the report said.