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  1. kathy
    kathy February 6, 2013 at 5:05 am | | Reply

    Very interesting account of Israel”s healthcare system. It seems so logical and compassionate at the same time. I’m fortunate to have good insurance, but I cringe when I hear of the financial choices that some Type 1s have to make concerning their health care here.

    I’m intrigued by the harsh bedside manner and no pampering. Is that a cultural difference or are you alluding to the fact that you don’t receive things that you probably don’t really need?

  2. SaraMyers
    SaraMyers February 6, 2013 at 5:59 am | | Reply

    I so envy the health care systems in other countries. Even with good health insurance in the U.S., god forbid you get sick, because just the co-pays can run into thousands of dollars (as happened to me a few years back.). One is double punished for being sick! The stupid co-pays (originally designed to benefit insurance companies under the guise of making patients better “consumers” – as if we had a choice to consume health care services or “goods” like insulin) are killers themselves. Why have we allowed this to happen? It’s mind blowing to me that so many are scared of universal health care – the insurance companies, who spend millions to misinform us, have clearly done a good job. If the money earned by shareholders went to our taxes, we would be much better cared for! The middle man needs to go.

  3. Mr Emigrant
    Mr Emigrant February 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm | | Reply

    Sorry, but the Israel health care system was terrible in the 80s and contributed greatly to my wife’s death at 35.
    First of all procuring insulin and blood testing strips was a full time job. She had to run around from place to place getting stamps, paying fees and often after this journey, something was not in stock.
    Then there was her specialist, the late Professor Bar-On of Hebrew University. When it was suggested there was a connection between her sugar and period, he claimed this was impossible. My wife suffered from 5 more years of undiagnosed PCOS until she made it to England several years later. Nevertheless this same professor published an article in 1995 – the year of my wife’s demise – all about the connection between diabetes and PCOS.
    No doubt things have gotten better – perhaps because those in my late wife’s family (who happen to be at the highest level of Israel’s government – use your imagination) – have since made significant changes to the process for treating diabetics.

  4. Myra
    Myra February 8, 2013 at 5:13 am | | Reply

    There is also a minimed representative in Israel. I have it on good authority (my best friend) that he will even deliver a loaner pump or supplies in an emergency!

    1. Don Weintraub
      Don Weintraub March 12, 2013 at 3:03 am | | Reply

      The Minimed agent here in Israel is agentek. Last year while traveling in the U.S. my pump had a critical failure. Within 48 hours I had a new pump in hand – they used the FedEx world courier service with next-day delivery. The other time my pump failed here in TLV, they had a loaner to me within a few hours, and a replacement shortly thereafter.
      GREAT service!

  5. Rob
    Rob February 9, 2013 at 6:03 am | | Reply

    Wishing you a Good Shabbos and good health.

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