Israel has the highest standard of living in the Middle East. Healthcare is universal and considered a right for all citizens. In addition to the compulsory required health coverage, additional private coverage is available. Israel is also a destination for medical tourism with patients seeking treatments not available or too expensive in their home countries. Others come to reap the health benefits of the Dead Sea, which has been found beneficial for diseases like psoriasis and cystic fibrosis. Israel shares common health problems with the Western world such as the heart disease and cancer, which are responsible for two-thirds of deaths. Rapid population growth has also created environmental concerns. Men live an average of 80.6 years and women 84.3.
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