Israel

Ask Aviva #25: Can international patients buy care at Israeli hospitals?

Dear Aviva, My aunt came to Israel and needs a procedure done, but it’s not covered under her travel insurance. Can she have it done in a hospital in Israel, and, if so, what is the process? Sincerely, Tune up in Tekoa   Dear Tune up, Israel is definitely becoming a destination for medical tourism,

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Ask Aviva #23: Why is the allergist referring me to a pulmonologist?

Dear Aviva, I’m allergic to mold and pollen and dogs. I get asthma and sometimes it’s hard to breathe so my allergist back in the U.S. just prescribed me an inhaler. But when I went to the allergist here, she told me I needed to go to a “rofe rayot”. What’s that and why do

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Birth Options in Israel [Birth Series Part #2]

In honor of the fact that, in Israel, August has the most deliveries of any month, I thought I’d be proactive and make June birth month. This week we’re reviewing different birth options. In true researcher fashion, with each child, I gave birth in a different hospital (not planned, actually, but cool, right?) This obviously

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Ask Aviva #22: Why isn’t my therapy subsidized through my kupah?

Dear Aviva, I’ve read what you published about getting subsidized therapy through the kupah, but my therapist doesn’t seem to be doing that. Can you tell me why? Sincerely, Confused in Keshet   Dear Confused, So glad you’ve been reading my posts in honor of mental health month. As of 2017, you are correct, the

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What is a Doula?? [Birth Series Part #1]

  The other day I was talking with a young woman I know who is living here temporarily, while her husband learns in yeshiva. She is nine months pregnant. I asked her if she were taking a private doctor for the delivery, a common practice among women in her community. She replied, no, that instead,

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Navigating Mental Health with your Teen [Mental Health Awareness Series#4]

I have teenagers. I get it. No one tells them, anything, ever, because they know it, all. Cue eye roll, sigh, sad shake of the head; isn’t mom dumb? But the funny thing is that we are still their case managers, their guides, the prime decision maker when it comes to their health, and mental

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Navigating Mental Health in the Elderly [Mental Health Awareness Series #3]

Apparently, doctoring octogenarians is pretty unpopular in the medical community. That means that there are very few medical experts in the field who specialize in the unique healthcare of those over 70. How do I know this? In addition to spending my free time reading medical literature, I happen to be coordinating a study for

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Navigating Mental Health in Young Children [Mental Health Awareness Series #2]

A few weeks ago, I posted an Ask Aviva question about getting permission for a certain medication for a nine-year-old child with bipolar disorder. My answer addressed how to get permission, but one reader was shocked that a nine year old had been diagnosed with bi-polar. “Get a second opinion!” this reader advised, their underlying implication

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