Healthcare / medical issues for a returning immigrant Toshav Chozer.
Yesterday it came to my attention that someone who had returned to Israel had run out of important meds for a chronic health condition. His neighbour put out a request asking if anyone has that type of medication to spare. This bothered me for various reasons, so I decided to find out the situation for someone who had made Aliyah and returns after a period of time. In particular I was interested in their rights for healthcare.
From asking in two social networking groups I discovered the following.
- Those who are returning Olim are usually notified prior to returning of the delay in their Kupat Cholim being reactivated.
- It takes anything from 5-8 months for the Kupat Cholim to be reactivated and hence returning Olim need to be prepared, the following solutions were offered if someone has a chronic illness and will be in need of medication.
- Bring enough meds to carry you through for about 6 - 8 months
- Bring your prescription with you with sufficient funds to purchase meds from a pharmacy such as Superfarm in the event that you run out of your chronic medication.
- Pay ₪10 000 and your Kupat Cholim will be automatically reactivated. Some of this money might be reimbursed to you at the end of the year.
- Take out travel insurance to last for 6 months or private health insurance to cover you until your Kupat Cholim is reactivated. It is up to you to figure out whether taking private health insurance or paying the ₪10 000 is more cost effective for you.
- There are some Gemachim for medication that might assist but will require a prescription. Meds obtained from them will have to be returned once you obtain your own medication.
- Remember your health is important and you are the one responsible to take care of your health, especially if you have a chronic health problem. Make sure you find out all the facts and details before moving countries so that you are prepared.
I hope this post has been helpful for you. If you have a chronic health condition do what is necessary to make sure you have access to the medication you require.
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