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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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Ask Aviva #14: Will I be able to get healthcare coverage as soon as I get to Israel?

Dear Aviva, My wife and I are planning to return to live in Israel next year. I’m an Israeli citizen, who left after serving in the army, about 40 years ago, and my wife has never lived in Israel. I’ve got Multiple Sclerosis and arthritis. Will I be able to get healthcare coverage as soon

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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 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 #9 – Why am I charged each time I go to the specialist?

Dear Aviva, I see a specialist outside of my kupah and am being charged for a hitchayavut each time! I thought I should be charged once a quarter, did the rules change? Sincerely, Doomed to repeat my hitchayvut??   Dear Doomed, Just to clarify, a hitchayvut is required for any service conducted outside the auspices

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