April 2018

Emergency Services for Children: What are my options and what do I do?

  I remember a few years back, I was speaking to another mother at the park when I mentioned, laughingly, about how at one point I had asked Terem [medical emergency clinic] if they had a monthly membership fee. She looked at me funny and explained that she had never visited the ER (or Terem) […]

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Ask Aviva #18: Why is the hospital discharging my mother if she isn’t well enough?

Dear Aviva, My mother has been hospitalized for the past two weeks. We feel she is not well enough to go home as she cannot get up to go to the bathroom or walk, but they seem ready to discharge her. Our family wants her to stay in the hospital because we are nervous about

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Ask Aviva #17: Why didn’t the doctor tell me how to get the medicine?!

Dear Aviva, My daughter is 9 years old and takes a special medication for her bipolar disorder. The psychiatrist recommended this medication and even checked that it was distributed in Israel. But when I went to the pharmacy with the prescription, they told me that they couldn’t sell it to me because I didn’t have

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10 Interesting Health Facts About Israel That You Might Not Have Known!

In honor of this country’s 70th birthday this week, I thought I’d highlight some interesting health facts for you to bring up casually when you’re at the annual BBQ and impress your friends. Israel’s current healthcare system is only 23 years old. In 1995, the country passed a new law called the national health insurance

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Ask Aviva #16: Why won’t my doctor do an MRI for my back pain?

Dear Aviva, I am 53 years old, have played a lot of sports and have had back pain, on and off, for about 10 years. Unfortunately, it’s gotten a lot worse recently. I would like an MRI to find out what is going on. However, my family doctor says that because I don’t have any

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Suicide in Israel: which resources are available to me?

When I was in fourth grade, I rode to school every day with four other children. All five families paid a lady driver to take us to school since all the parents worked and there was no school bus from our neighborhood. One of my fellow passengers, Josh, was a quirky, pale, boy in the

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Ask Aviva #15: What do I do if my doctor won’t send me for a second opinion?

Dear Aviva, I have been experiencing pelvic and abdominal pain radiating to my low back, bloating, bowel irregularities, sudden bleeding, nausea and weight loss. My family doctor referred me to a gynecologist who said I am fine. The gynecologist was very dismissive when I asked if it could be cancer. I asked my family doctor

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Contraception in Israel Part #4: Other Options You May Not Have Thought About!

Many women stop using the pill (the COC or combined oral contraceptive – estrogen and progesterone) because of negative side effects. Migraines, family history of heart disease, high blood pressure are all medical risk factors that prevent women from using the regular pill. Decreased libido is also a big non-medical side effect, although one less

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