According to information released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, nearly 1.7 million Israelis ages 20 and above, do not consider their Hebrew to be “Very Good”. The ramifications this has on access to healthcare and government services cannot be emphasized enough. According to the statistics, which were taken from the 2011 Social Survey, about 210,000 Israelis avoid utilizing government services of one form or another due to language restrictions, and 17% of them have difficulties when they require medical services.
These statistics underscore the importance of increasing accessibility for English speakers and all non-native Hebrew speakers in the Israeli healthcare system and regarding all public services. The Shira Pransky Project is continuing our fight to help English speakers know their rights and navigate the Israeli healthcare system.
To view “Selected Data from the 2011 Social Survey on Difficulties with the Hebrew Language” on the Central Bureau of Statistics website, click here (in Hebrew).
To view an article in English on the survey’s finding from Israel Hayom, click here.
To view an article in English on the survey’s finding from Ynet, click here.