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A detailed overview of community medical and healthcare services in Israel. Expect private healthcare services to be very different to those offered by the public healthcare services that the four Israeli health funds (kupat holim) offer; hospital systems, patient care, ambulatory services, dental and all other aspects of medical and healthcare.




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An overview of the healthcare system and health services in Israel

An in-depth overview of the Israeli medical and health-care system

Ambulance and emergency services

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Blood donation information

Blood donor criteria and blood donor stations country wide

Choosing a Health Fund – Heb: Kupat Holim

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Changing & switching over to another Health Fund

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Contact information MOH

Contact details for Israel’s Ministry of Health

Coronavirus vaccination

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Coronavirus – Rules of conduct

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Dehydration- signs, symptoms, causes & prevention

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Dental care in Israel

Private dental care vs the Health Fund dental clinic

Doctor’s appointments & fees

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First aid for a drowning victim

Family healthcare clinics – Heb: Tipat Halav

Ministry of Health family healthcare clinics, services and branches countrywide

First-aid for Burns

Emergency treatment for the 3 types of burns – each type needs to be treated differently.


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Flu vaccine

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The New Green Pass

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The Health Basket – Heb: Sal Briut

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Home visits and consultations

Emergency medical house-calls or regularly required home-visits day and night

Hospital care in Israel

Public and private hospital care and services, information, paperwork and admissions

Israel’s national health insurance law

The provisions of Israel’s National Health Insurance Law

Israel’s patient’s rights act

The legal rights of every patient in Israel as stipulated in the 1996 law

Jellyfish stings

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Medical emergencies

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Medical and health care options in Israel for non-residents

Health insurance options and services for non-residents, internationals and expats in Israel

Medical resources & assistance

The Ministry of Health, medical support and social services

Medical terminology

Free word sheet! Useful Hebrew, English and transliterated medical words and phrases

Mental health care services. Get help!

The 2015 mental health care reform. Mental health services are now the responsibility of the Health Funds

Organ donation & transplants

Register with ADI – the national body that oversees organ donation and transplants in Israel

Paying for medical & healthcare services – ‘Hitchayvut’

Called ‘Tofes 17’ or ‘Hitchayvut’, you need payment authorization for numerous medical and ambulatory services as well as diagnostic procedures. A free Hebrew to English translation

Plastic surgery

Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in Israel

Poison information – must know

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Prescriptions & Medications

Meds offered in the Health Basket, generic equivalents, filling your prescription, labeling, dosage instructions and fees

Registering for a Health Fund – Heb: Kupat Holim

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Social services for your medical needs

Social and welfare services programs, projects and care in Israel.

Suffering from skin ailments? Free word sheet

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Treating sunburn

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Upgrading health services

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Vaccinations & immunizations for babies & children

The Israel Ministry of Health suggests these vaccinations and immunizations for children

Measles outbreak in Israel

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