10% of hospital beds in the oPt are located in Jerusalem. The 6 hospitals in East Jerusalem have served Palestinians for more than 50 years, offering specialized treatment that is not available in the West Bank or Gaza.
20% of referrals are cancer patients and patients for nuclear medicine such as radiotherapy, a main treatment for cancer. Radiotherapy services and special chemotherapies are not available in the West Bank or Gaza. 25% of essential drug items are at zero stock in Palestinian Authority drug warehouses, putting more demand on referrals.
About 100,000 of the 300,000 Palestinians living in 532 gatherings in Area C have difficulty with accessing health services due to movement restrictions, physical barriers, long detours and high transportation costs tOCHA 20131.
25,000 Palestinians live in the 'seam zone' area between the 1949 Armistice Green Line and the Wall construction and have severe problems with health access, in addition to the Palestinian population of Jerusalem which has been divided by the wall, e.g. Kuft Aqab and Shuafat refugee camp.