healthcare

Which Medical Specialist Does A Senior Citizen Really Need?

About 15 years ago, a good friend of the family, who was about 65 at the time, started feeling chest pains, dizziness, and nausea as she was on her way to work. The pains were strong enough, that she turned around and drove herself to the hospital. It turns out she was at the beginning […]

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The Israeli Healthcare System: How to Manage the Differences That Will Surprise Your Senior Parent

Thanks to Sharon Beth-Halachmy of B’lev Shalem, for this week’s important blog post for all those who’ve brought or are thinking of bringing their parents over to live in Israel. Remember the first months of your Aliyah? The culture shock as you navigated everything from the grocery store to Kupat Holim, from surviving on the

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Ask Aviva #10: Is it true that private doctors won’t be able to see patients publicly anymore?

Dear Aviva, In my jumbled understanding of Hebrew, I heard on the news the other day, something about private doctors not being able to see patients publicly anymore? Something about the law of a cold? I’m very confused, and I have a doctor whom I’m in follow up with in a hospital and I want

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Caught in the Emergency Room Waiting Room? Read this!

She did everything right. She had the surgery when the doctor told her to, she came to all the follow-up appointments, and wore all the correct bandages. She took all her medicine and complied with all the doctors’ instructions. She saw several types of specialists and followed all their advice. So how is it, that

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In Honor of Father’s Day: My Dad and the Heart Attack Miracle

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my mother in honor of Mother’s Day. This week I have the pleasure of writing about my own father for Father’s Day. I thought I would write about my father’s heart attack miracle and his triple bypass surgery, to demonstrate some solid principles of good health care navigation.

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What You Need to Know about Medical Cannabis in Israel

A few years ago, I had a client whose son had suffered from a genetic disease since birth. One of the main symptoms of his illness was severe pain. He was twelve when my friend casually mentioned to me that the neurologist had suggested medical cannabis as a medication. “Do you think I’m crazy?” she

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