Healthcare in Israel

 

 

Israel has one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world. Its estimated total population of 8.3 million people, both locals and expats, enjoy top-notch medical services delivered by highly trained doctors and nurses.

In the 10th annual Global Prosperity Report conducted by Legatum Institute based in London, Israel ranked as the 9th best country in the world in terms of healthcare. The report that was released in November 2016 stated that Israel had the highest score among Middle-Eastern countries and the 8th highest life expectancy in the planet which stands at 82.5 years. Aside from the world-class services that the residents receive, many foreign nationals, especially from the United States and Russia, also go to Israel because of the growing medical tourism industry. Israel is now becoming a top destination, not for surgical procedures and in-vitro fertilisation.

Public Healthcare Scheme

A medical/health insurance plan is mandatory for everyone in Israel, and the universal healthcare system in this country is based on the National Health Insurance Law of 1995. Israelis as well as expats that have permanent residency permits and those whose primary source of income is earned locally are required to pay a ‘health insurance tax’ which is the primary source of funds for the public healthcare scheme.

Expats that are covered by the Israeli National Health Insurance legislation need to apply in either one of the four existing ‘Kupot Cholim’ or Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs): Clalit Health Services, Maccabi Health Care Services, KupatHolimMeuhedet and Leumit Health Fund. Contributions to the universal health insurance are usually automatically deducted from the employees’ monthly salary at around 3-6% of their gross income. These insurance plans cover essential services such as:

  • Visits/Consultations
  • Diagnostic exams
  • Hospital confinement
  • Childbirth
  • Delivery
  • Discounts on prescription drugs

Visiting a Doctor

On top of the six years, education and one-year residency doctors receive in Israel, many of them also received training in various countries abroad, making the medical workforce in this country among the best in the region. Israel has an abundance of well trained general practitioners, surgeons and specialists that are capable of providing care for all stages of life including fertility treatment, rehabilitation and therapies as well as transplants.

Doctors in Israel are considered on par with those practising in Europe and North America. Expats that are registered under the national health fund or a private health insurance should look for a doctor that is covered by their policy so that their visits will be free of charge. Seeing a doctor in a hospital normally takes some time and expats should register an appointment at least a few weeks in advance.

Hospitals in Israel

Israel has an estimated total of 85 hospitals whereas 44 out of those operate as general hospitals while around 29 are classified as specialist hospitals. Only 11 out of the 44 general hospitals are under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. All of the public clinics and pharmacies in Israel are operated by the four Kupot Holim. Clalit Health Services alone, which services 54% of the population, already operates 14 hospitals and over 1,300 primary care clinics. Below are some of the top hospitals in Israel that have English-speaking staff:

6 Weisman Street, Tel Aviv 64239, Israel

Tel: +972 3 6974254

Derech Sheba 2, Tel-Hashomer, Ramat-Gan. Israel

Tel: +972-3-635-4287

Kiryat Hadassah, Jerusalem 91120, Israel

Tel: +972 2 677 7111

12 Shmuel Bait St. Jerusalem 9103102, Israel

Tel: 972-2-6666666

62 Jabotinsky St. Tel-Aviv 62748, Israel

Tel: +972 3 5201507/8

 

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