Aviva Yoselis, Healthcare Advocate for The Shira Pransky Project, shares the following steps to preparing for Aliyah with complex medical concerns:
Collate a list of all your medications and try to ascertain if they are included in the Healthcare basket (see here). Use this list as a general guide. Some medications are available in Israel but not included in the basic health care basket – meaning patients need to pay for the medication out of pocket, which can be costly. It is also possible to get exceptions made for coverage of medication when it is not included in the basket, however there is a process involved.
Bring a three month supply of your medication or whatever your health plan allows for. This allows you make appointments with relevant specialists to have any prescriptions filled.
Medical summaries or tests you can obtain from your treating Doctors back ‘home’ – they may be beneficial to your new treating Dr who has not been treating you for several years. These will not assist you in applying for Bituach Leumi.
For example, if you have been diagnosed with Thyroid disease it is often helpful for doctors here to have records of what your previous medications have been and a summary of your condition. This includes any diagnosis you have had since childhood it will assist your Dr to have summaries. The same is true of educational testing for both children and adults. You will still need to complete additional testing here in Israel but it is often helpful to come with a ready ‘paper-trail’.
Bring records of immunizations for children and adults alike, if available.
Check any private insurance policies which you have purchased outside of Israel. It is advisable to check with your insurance broker if there is any level of international coverage for medications, long term care, etc.
Once you become a citizen you are immediately covered on the national health insurance, however it is advisable to purchase traveler’s insurance for the first week of living here just in case.
A good family Dr. is the key to accessing the Health care system here as they are your first port of call, in illness. Review their part in navigating the Kupah, and seek out valuable recommendations before you arrive.