Israel

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Israel is universal and free to all its citizens at a basic level. That being said, health insurance is compulsory to everyone in Israel (from citizens to non-citizen residents) and those needing more coverage (which is generally the case), will need to book a private insurance healthcare plan. National health insurance is based off of four insurance plans called Kupat Holim which are run by not-for-profit organisations. National health insurance covers basics that include family medicine, maternity, psychiatric and chronic hospitalization, preventative medicine, surgery transplants and drug addiction. 


Information for Health Care Professionals
Immigration to Israel is strict and rigorous but to practice medicine, one must have practiced in an accredited school and be a permanent resident of Israel already if not a citizen. If one is recruited in by an Israel hospital, then the hospital will handle all the accompanied paper works. A certificate of good conduct is equally required. Please check with your local Israeli Embassy and the relevant Israeli Medical Board in order to understand the examinations and requirements needed to practice your specific field. 

The language of medical instruction in Israel is Hebrew and fluency in Hebrew is required in order to practice. 


Information for Travelers 
Medical tourism is quite common in Israel due to the high quality of private practitioners in the country. No vaccinations are required prior to entering Israel. It is recommended to travel with health insurance when coming to Israel as having insurance is compulsory should you fall ill during your trip. 

Hebrew is the official language of Israel. Some doctors speak Arabic, and many can speak Russian, French and English as well.

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.health.gov.il/English/Pages/HomePage.aspx 
  


 

References:
https://www.ima.org.il/ENG/ViewContent.aspx?CategoryId=11000
https://www.health.gov.il/English/Services/MedicalAndHealthProfessions/GeneralMedicine/Pages/Worked_Abroad.aspx
https://international.commonwealthfund.org/countries/israel/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27050102