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OECD Economic Surveys: Israel 2013
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  08 Dec 2013
Pages: 112 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264183193 , OECD Code: 102013181E1
Price:   €31 | $44 | £28 | ¥4000 | MXN560
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Other languages:  French (Available)
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Frequency: Every 18 months   Tables: 11  Charts: 38 


OECD's 2013 Economic Survey of Israel examines recent economic developments, prospects and policies. Special chapters cover health care and the tax and transfer system.

Table of contents:

Executive summary 7
Assessment and recommendations 11
-Growth remains relatively strong 12
-Balancing inflation targeting and financial stability objectives is a challenge18
-Fiscal balances are set to come back on track 21
-Social policy, education and health care still face difficulties 26
-There has been reasonable progress in improving the business environmen t31
-Environmental concerns need greater attention 34
-Bibliography 36
-Annex. Progress with structural reforms 37
Chapter 1. How to improve taxes and transfers 41
-Notable features of the system 42
-Key challenges 44
-Background: The recent history of tax and transfer measures 44
-Indirect tax 45
-Household income tax and benefits 52
-Property and capital gains taxation 62
-Company taxes and business subsidies 64
-Evasion, avoidance and administration issues 69
-Bibliography 73
Chapter 2. How to improve Israelís health-care system 75
-Key features of health outcomes and the health-care system 76
-Background to the current health-care system 79
-Ensuring human-resource challenges are addressed 84
-Governance of the insurance system: 1) Ensuring universal health care remains central to the system 91
-Governance of the insurance system: 2) Ensuring healthy competition 96
-There is room to improve funding mechanisms 98
-The quality of primary care and hospital 102
-Delivery of long-term care should be simplified 104
-Greater use of health promotion and education is required 106
-Bibliography 110

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