Plan to build 9 new hospitals in Israel including Modi’in, Beit Shemesh, and Netanya

This plan is part of TAMA 20 — a new National Outline Plan for the health system. The plan also includes the establishment of 23 geriatric hospitals, 3 rehabilitation hospitals, and 11 emergency medical centers. According to the principles of the plan, many procedures that have previously taken place in hospitals in Israel will now be conducted in neighborhood clinics.

The National Council of Planning and Construction, Israel’s highest planning administration, is currently promoting a new National Outline Plan (TAMA 20) for the health system, which considers health demands in Israel in the year 2048 — 100 years since the establishment of the State. Among many things, the plan includes the setting up of nine new hospitals in Carmiel, Kiryat Gat, Hod Hasharon, Kiryat Ata, Beit Shemesh, Netanya, Modi’in, Be’er Sheva, and Harish. In addition, the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv is planned to be expanded. This is the first time since 1948 that a long-term plan to develop the health system has been structured.


For some of the planned hospitals, there was a need to find new areas, and for others, the plan implemented existing proposals from the last few years that were written by the Ministry of Health and the Israel Land Authority regarding new hospitals, for example in Modi’in and Beit Shemesh. In addition, the Outline Plan reserves areas to expand, renew and develop about 40 additional health facilities, including general, geriatric, psychiatric, and rehabilitation institutions. 

In addition, the plan includes decisions to establish three new rehabilitation hospitals in Shoham, Carmiel, and Katzrin, to establish 11 new emergency medical centers – mostly in the periphery and 23 geriatric hospitals across the country.

The National Council of Building and Construction have stated that throughout their work they consulted with officials in the medical system and have coordinated with local authorities, government authorities, and other official bodies. “The population of Israel is expected to increase to about 15 million people by the year 2050, of which the portion of elderly people is expected to grow significantly. The plan shows the spatial layout and indicates the areas that require development in the hospital system in Israel, in order to respond to the needs of the predicted population, including geriatric, psychiatric, and rehabilitation services.”

“The plan incorporates principles such as reducing the geographical inequality in the dispersal of healthcare services, the significant transition from services being provided by hospitals to being provided in the community (neighborhood medical clinics and outpatient care), and the need to adapt the system to future changes”.

At the same time, the national council recommended that the government approves the guide to the allocation of land for health care in the community, as a supplementary document to TAMA 20 considering the predicted shift of many health services to neighborhood medical clinics.  It also makes recommendations for building zones in new neighborhoods for the construction of hospitals and medical institutions.

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Labor room in an Israeli hospital

The Director General of the Ministry of Health, Moshe bar Siman Tov, said regarding the plan that “we are working to give the health system the change of direction it needs, a change in the foundations of the system from end to end from a system that functions on a hand to mouth basis with no long-term planning for the system that can lead it forwards. This is the first time that the state of Israel is planning forwards- with a long-term perspective- the entire hospital system in a way that can give inclusive and full treatment. The plan allows for expanding and strengthening existing hospitals, to establish new hospitals in strategic places, responds to the development of the population, and will reduce the disparity between the center and the periphery”.

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