Month: February 2018

Contraceptive Options in Israel #1: Hormonal Options

One of the most difficult systems to navigate in health care is that of a woman’s own health. In the 20 some odd years that I have lectured about health promotion, through the countless teenagers, young adults, newly married, and the over 60 crowd, there is always one common denominator that spans across culture, age …

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3 Diseases We Should Understand

This week marks Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy Week to raise awareness of this disorder. I thought I’d take this moment to discuss more common muscular and skeletal disorders that plague us, especially as we age. First to explain: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rather rare “genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It …

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Ask Aviva #14: Will I be able to get healthcare coverage as soon as I get to Israel?

Dear Aviva, My wife and I are planning to return to live in Israel next year. I’m an Israeli citizen, who left after serving in the army, about 40 years ago, and my wife has never lived in Israel. I’ve got Multiple Sclerosis and arthritis. Will I be able to get healthcare coverage as soon …

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Why the Concept of “Returning Israeli Citizens” isn’t Sexy

One of the interesting phenomena of being a healthcare advocate is the unique position of being yelled at, a lot, by many types of people. The other day was no different. The director of a bituach leumi branch, in response to my persistence in trying to help a client who had been rejected by bituach …

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