healthcare

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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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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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 …

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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 …

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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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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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The Jello-Like Nature of Healthcare Navigation in Israel

The other day I reached the front of the line of my kupah’s pharmacy and met with a huge shock.  Apparently, my new, digitally signed, prescriptions had been automatically forwarded to the pharmacy computer and I could pick up the next two months’ worth of my medication, without even bringing in the prescription! (The little …

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