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Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

Brisbane, Australia
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Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

I would like to travel from Australia to Israel late this year. I have some serious medical problems (diabetes, nerve damage, back pain etc. I am 59 yrs old and would have to travel alone. I may not be able to get medical insurance or if I do it will be prohibitive ($AUD900-1,000). I would really like to go to Israel before I shuffle off this mortal coil.

Any advice about hospitals and medical services and their affordability in Israel would be helpful. Anything else I should be aware of would also be appreciated. I tried to get some information from the Israeli Embassy in Australia but it did not reply to my correspondence and the guy I spoke to on the telephone in the embassy was very unhelpful to say the least.

I note there is no reciprocal agreement between Australia and Israel regarding treatment of each other's citizens in their public health systems. As I said I would really like to travel to Israel but understandably this issue issue is a concern to me and any useful information would be much appreciated.

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1. Re: Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

Whilst Israel has excellent medical facilities, you would need your own insurance to ensure treatment. You would be ill-advised to travel without adequate insurance cover.

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2. Re: Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

Sorry but the answer samd gave is the best one you will get - considering the fact that you have health concerns you should really make sure that you have insurance prior to coming.

If you come without insurance you will be able to get whatever medical care you need but it would be costly - you would be charged "private" prices and not anything resembling public health costs.

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3. Re: Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

It is not fair to ask us to assess the risk as we know nothing about your medical history and your current situation. Your insurance company appears to think that you are a high risk judging by the price they are asking and I don't think that you should gamble and go without insurance in that situation.

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4. Re: Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

Thank you Samd. That makes my mind up. I will have to find that extra $AUD900-1,000 and if I am refused travel insurance when I go to travel I guess I will have to shelve my plans. For a long time I could not get insurance but one travel agent recently quoted me that figure but there is no guarantee given my prior experience that when I fill out the form and apply in earnest I will get the insurance,

Ian

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5. Re: Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

It might be worth asking the advice of the following:

Wolfson Medical Centre (doctor's surgery for foreign visitors): http://www.fmcwolfson.com

Assuta (hospital specializing in medical tourism): http://en.assuta.co.il

You could also see whether an Israeli insurer specialising in foreign residents, like Egert and Cohen, could offer you a better rate for health insurance:

http://www.egertcohen.co.il/health/

Brisbane, Australia
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6. Re: Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

Thank you Oreets.

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7. Re: Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

Thanks. Sorry you thought I was being unfair in making the inquiry but I was hoping to gather whatever information I could and it really has been useful posting my question.

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8. Re: Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

Thanks very much for that information.

israel
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9. Re: Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

You can use the medical services in Israel. A check-up by a physician in a hospital costs about 150 shekels. The problem is how you set up an appointment. What cost lots of money is hospitaluzation, not check-up. I'll be able to give you more details next week. I'll keep you posted.

See this link and try to contact them.http://www.tasmc.org.il/sites/en/Medical-Tourism/Pages/Medical-Tourism.aspx

Edited: 15 April 2013, 11:06
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10. Re: Medical and hospital treatment for travellers to Israel

tasmc.org.il/sites/…Medical-Tourism.aspx