Israel

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 #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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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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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 #11: Can I buy my prescription at Superpharm?

Dear Aviva, I brought my prescription the other day to Superpharm, only to have them tell me that it would cost me 150 shekels! They told me if I bought it at the kupah pharmacy, it would only be 16 shekels. What’s going on? Can I ever buy my prescriptions at Superpharm? Sincerely, Fuming in

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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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