EMA Care Blog

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

Tourist Medical Emergency


 Most tourists are frightened of a medical emergency occurring while they are traveling far from home.The good news is the frequency of tourists requiring medical care while traveling is low.

Tourists requiring medical treatment:

Outpatient treatment
1 per 1,000 trips
Hospital admission 1 per 2,000 trips
Medical evacuation 1 per 4,000 trips 

Based on Israel's average tourism rate of 3.5 million visitors per year, this translates to roughly 3,500 outpatient visits, 1,750 hospital admissions, and 875 medical evacuations annually.

So, the chances are, when you visiting Israel, you will be just fine.


What happens if a medical emergency happens to you or a family member?

Recently, EMA Care was consulted when a tourist had a stroke in Israel.Unfortunately, we have much experience dealing with unanticipated medical emergencies including strokes occurring while visiting Israel.  

Over Pesach, we heard of and were involved with the care of three tourists having strokes!  After much hospital confusion, his family needed an objective perspective on what to do next for their incapacitated grandfather, far from home.His US medical travel insurance will reimburse the extensive bill, but in the meantime the family did need to outlay the money for hospitalization in Israel.

Air travel can increase the risk of developing blood clots in the veins of the legs, which can then enter the bloodstream and block an artery in the lungs, a condition called pulmonary embolism. In some cases, the blood clot to enter the arteries of other vital organs including the brain, causing a stroke.

Here are important ways to prepare for a trip to Israel:

  • See your doctor before you fly – make sure you are in good shape for the kind of trip you are planning
  • Purchase and wear compression socks – these socks can significantly reduce your risk for developing blood clots
  • Check your medical insurance – if it does not include sufficient medical coverage while abroad, purchase supplemental insurance from an independent supplier
  • No matter what, travel insurance based in Israel is inexpensive and worthwhile to get.
  • Know the emergency medical service # - 101
  • Carry your health information with you – allergies, medication list, chronic health issues, any information you think may be important in case of a medical emergency. Remember that any doctor who sees you will not know a thing about your medical history.This document should fill in the gaps.
  • Keep EMA Care's contact handy! If you need any medical assistance while in Israel call 052 639 8444

EMA Care wishes you a wonderful, healthy stay while in Israel!

EMA Care provides medical concierge, case management, and patient advocacy services to tourists, students and residents of Israel. We can be reached at info@healthcareisrael.com . Schedule your free consultation today. 

Eating Healthy on Vacation
Medical Checklist for Gap Year Students

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://emacare.com/

Our Latest Blogs

13 June 2021
Head lice are tiny bugs that feed on blood from the human scalp. An infestation of head lice is widespread among children who get lice from direct contact with someone who already has head lice. Most first-world countries have a rule about children w...
06 June 2021
Over the past few months, Israel has been going through a hard time. First, we had a year of the COVID-19 pandemic where movement restrictions were imposed to help control the disease spreading. Then we had the Meron tragedy in which 45 people were t...
01 June 2021
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 ch...

EMA Care in the News

27 April 2021
In April 2021, after a long year with a strict non-entry policy, the Israeli government decided to allow visitors to enter Israel under certain circumstances. The Israeli government was reluctant about opening its borders. Therefore, they haven't mad...
18 June 2020
The following article was published in the English addition of Hamodia. Written by Joel Rebibo...
14 June 2020
What will be the 'new normal' for Israel's gap year programs? According to EMA Care, an estimated 80% of programs will close down permanently if they are not able to reopen in the fall. By TZVI JOFFRE    JUNE 4, 2020 11:58  &...

What Our Clients Say

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!


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!! 


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.


EMA Care information and Q&A conference

Thank you! Very helpful and comprehensive.


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 


Recommended by an Infectious Disease Specialist

My experience with Ema Care has been so positive that I wanted to share it in case it could help someone else. Eight days ago my daughter, a Shanah Bet student, called to say she wasn’t feeling well and had symptoms of Covid-19. I was put in touch with an Infectious Disease specialist who recommended Ema Care. I reached Dr. Eliana Aaron easily and signed my daughter up. The next morning, Ema Care gave my daughter a telehealth exam and provided her with prescriptions, as well as a list of


Pandemic Planning

I would like to also add my compliments, you exceeded my already very high expectations. You can certainly send other schools our way for a recommendation. 

-Mr. E. Naiman


Emacares Youtube Channel

"I recently discovered your channel and all i can say is that this is just brilliant"


A Wonderful and Patient Resource

Dear Dr. Eliana words simply cannot express how much you have done for all of us and so many others in keeping us informed, calming anxieties, and being such a wonderful and patient resource through such a difficult time. Wishing you much bracha and hatzlacha in the merit of all the countless mitzvot u have done to help so many through these trying times; mikol halev, ein milim and thanks so so much .

Gap Year Program Staff


A True Tzadikah

Hello Dr. Aaron. I cannot thank you enough for providing not only crucial information but a framework that gave us stability and allowed us to function (instead of descending into chaos, which undoubtedly would have happened, if not for you). At the risk of waxing dramatic, I will tell you that when I think of what you've done these past couple of months, what comes to mind is Rav Yohanan Ben Zakai asking Vespasian to give him Yavneh ve-Hakhameha, thus saving the entire enterprise of Talmud