Health care has been a fundamental right for Israelis since 1994, regardless of matter their age, financial status or religion. Some private practices exist but because Israel’s system of socialized medicine has only recently begun to be privatized, this is very expensive.
As a visitor to Israel you should take out private health insurance before you leave since the national health insurance only covers Israeli residents.
Annual travel insurance – which covers not only emergency health costs, but also insures your belongings – is available for as little as 75 euros, so is a better investment than trip-by-trip insurance. You will need to be officially resident in your home country for a total of at least six months in the year however.
Buying private medical insurance over the internet is a simple process, you will just need to provide your credit card details, your permanent address and contact info, and then you will receive you policy document by e-mail. Pay attention to what your policy will actually cover before buying. Do you intend to do winter or water sports? Do you have any illness or disability that needs to be declared? Such factors will affect the overall cost of your policy. Once your policy document comes through keep it in a safe place and always have the emergency telephone number of your insurance company and your policy number on your person when you travel.
Check with your credit card company before going: some credit card companies offer travel insurance if you use their card to purchase the flight.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Tel Aviv is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Israel. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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