Doctors

Ask Aviva #19: Can I establish advanced health directives in Israel?

Dear Aviva I receive your newsletter and have a question. How does one in Israel establish advanced health directives in the case of cognitive impairment, DNR orders and so on? I am very ill with a number of significant health problems but my situation is quite stable. My wife’s health is very good. We have …

Ask Aviva #19: Can I establish advanced health directives in Israel? Read More »

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) …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

How About My Non-Hormonal Options?: Contraception in Israel Part #3

About nine years ago, I spent three weeks tracking down the saga of why the Ortho McNeil all flex diaphragm was no longer available in pharmacies in Israel. I spoke to higher management in the Janssen office who distributes ortho products in Israel. (I caught her on vacation in Amsterdam.) Individual importers of contraceptive gel …

How About My Non-Hormonal Options?: Contraception in Israel Part #3 Read More »

Contraceptive Options in Israel #2 – IUDs: What’s Available in Israel and How Much Should I Pay?

Last week we began our discussion of contraception options in Israel. We introduced the main options for hormonal methods. Now, let’s review our longer-term methods, that can include hormones. The most popular LARCs, or long acting reversible contraceptives as they are referred to in the field, are IUDs (intrauterine devices); small copper devices (of various …

Contraceptive Options in Israel #2 – IUDs: What’s Available in Israel and How Much Should I Pay? Read More »