EMA Care Blog

Our Blog covers recent, relevant and helpful health and healthcare news

Making Aliyah & Healthcare Considerations

Untitled-design

This year it is estimated that over a million Jews worldwide have been looking into making Aliyah. This is probably due to the global Coronavirus pandemic and the increasing radical events that have been happening across the globe. Many people are choosing to make Aliyah and spend their golden years in Israel. In fact, about 14% of immigrants (olim) to Israel are over the age of 65. Many olim do not have a social network or speak the language, causing confusion when trying to navigate the healthcare system in Israel. This leads to gaps in current treatments, delayed appointments, or individuals giving up due to their frustration. 

Anglos tend to use the Israeli medical healthcare system very differently than Israelis. They have more appointments with general doctors and fewer appointments with private doctors because they don't know how to get appointments with private doctors and when to see them. They also are 8 times more likely to go to the emergency room unnecessarily because they do not fully understand how to take advantage of the Israeli medical system. 

 

Challenges in the medical system

Olim go through many challenges with the medical system, and they often fall between the cracks because no one knows what to do with them. Here are some of the challenges and how to overcome them:

Choosing the right Kupat Cholim – People who make Aliyah often don’t know which Kupat Cholim to choose because they don’t know enough information. Many of the Kupat Cholim’s have an excellent reputation among Israelis, but they don’t know how to handle English-speaking patients. 

EMA Care has helped thousands of people choose the right Kupah that will meet their medical needs. We have an orientation program where EMA Care will review an individual's current medical needs and provide recommendations as to which Kupah is able to accommodate them. 

Many people do not realize that Kupot Cholim resources vary according to location. For example, if you live in Jerusalem, then a certain Kupat Cholim might be considered to have a competitive edge because they have more resources readily available to meet client’s needs. These resources include more doctors in a specific area, more appointments, more clinics, and better infrastructure. However, if you live in Netanya, that same Kupat Cholim considered great in Jerusalem might not have the same readily available resources and an alternative Kupah will better serve the needs of clients. Location is vital, and it is crucial to decide which Kupah to sign up for based on where you will live and current medical needs. 

Medical Appointment – Another concern olim face is finding the right doctor (one that speaks English). Although Israelis are educated to read and speak English, they often have a difficult time speaking English in the workplace. Therefore, it takes some trial and error to find a physician that meets your medical needs while communicating to you in your native language.

As mentioned earlier, EMA Care has a great orientation program where we help people making Aliyah find the best doctors who speak English. 

Emergency hotlines - Every Kupah has a 24/7 medical emergency hotline. But when an Anglo calls and even selects the “for English please press...” – an Israeli picks up the phone who doesn’t understand English very well and can’t help you in case of an emergency. 

EMA Care is the only 24/7 English-speaking medical hotline in Israel. Our health professionals are fluent in English and Hebrew, know the Israeli medical system, and are able to assist you in getting emergency care!

EMA Care also offers – emergency room advocacy. Our trained professionals accompany you to the hospital and ensure that you are getting the best healthcare there is (info below). 

Telemedicine Services 

  • 24 hour/ 7 day a week on-call health professional
  • Remote health advocacy for ER visits
  • Telemedicine evaluations and recommendations

 Emergency Room Advocacy Service

  • Includes telemedicine services 
  • Emergency Room advocacy on-site for up to 2-hours (additional hours can be purchased)
  • 24/7 advocacy for a patient, and communication with family, health providers as neededB2ap3 Large Serology (antibody) Test   For Blogs

Conclusion

Aliyah can be stressful at any point in your life, especially later in life. However, EMA Care is here for you and will help you get the best quality healthcare in Israel! 

×
Stay Informed

When you subscribe to the blog, we will send you an e-mail when there are new updates on the site so you wouldn't miss them.

How to help someone with PTSD?
Dehydration & The Israeli Summer

Our Latest Blogs

31 October 2021
You have decided to make your Aliyah and currently take prescription medications. How can you continue with your medication regimen in Israel? How can you ensure that your medications are available in Israel and how do you communicate the need for th...
17 October 2021
During the Coronavirus pandemic, many people have been worried about the upcoming Flu season. But to everyone’s surprise, the numbers in the southern hemisphere were the lowest they have been in a long time. “Never in my 40-year career have we ever s...
10 October 2021
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disorder. Many people think that this disease only affects one’s joint - but it can also affect other things such as skin, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. About 40% of Adults have Rheumatoid...

EMA Care in the News

05 September 2021
Medical Care during the Holidays can be tricky in Israel especially if you do not speak Hebrew. During the holidays, many medical offices and hospitals are operating on Shabbat mode. Shabbat mode means that personnel is cut to minimum staffing, many ...
19 July 2021
Over the years, we've been approached by people who've asked us about different kinds of diets and food plans. Intermittent fasting has become very popular over the last few years. It is a method of dieting that restricts the amount of time you are a...
11 July 2021
 Telemedicine is a great option for caring for geriatric populations in Israel. This is especially true during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the years, we’ve had many clients who care for their older, dependent parents. Take our clients, the A fam...

What Our Clients Say

Amazing!

"Amazing! HaShem should bless all of you! This service you offer after everything we have been through is a bracha. I can’t thank you enough!"

-WF -New Jersey

Read More...

Our COVID-19 WhatsApp informational group

Thank you so much for your help. I can't tell you how this Whatsapp group helps all of us. It makes everyone so much more relaxed to have real good information and have somewhere to ask questions, I am so grateful!
Read More...

Our COVID-19 WhatsApp informational group

I want to express my appreciation for these very informative updates.

Thank you so much

Read More...

Entry to Israel services

Your team was so attentive to my needs. Everyone was so incredibly quick to respond and were proactive when they were able!

Read More...

Interview with Dr. Mobeen & Dr. Eliana Aaron

Many thanks for your hour-long session on Dr. Syed's YouTube channel. This is the best Hasbara Israel could wish for!

Read More...

EMA Care information and Q&A conference

Thank you for the zoom (and all your updates). It was great. I wish the news was like that. Straight forward, factual, unemotional.  Bravo to both of you ladies!! 

Read More...

EMA Care information and Q&A conference

Thanks so much for your time and attention! It was excellent! Thank you guys so much for organizing.

Read More...

EMA Care information and Q&A conference

Thank you! Very helpful and comprehensive.

Read More...

WhatsApp groups

I really appreciate being apart of your WhatsApp groups. It keeps me informed and up to date!

Read More...

Ema Care WhatsApp groups

I have been following your updates closely and I really appreciate your posts and I know that I am reading accurate information 

Read More...