EMA Care currently assists several hundred gap year students studying in Israel plus several hundred more in clinics managed by EMA Care. Almost all students are on tourist or student visas, which mean each student has health insurance especially designed for students and tourists.
Israeli health insurance for students usually covers 100% cost of doctor visits, tests, and medication for routine, new issues. It does not cover any appointments, treatments, tests, or medication for a preexisting health condition. Some plans will allow a student with a preexisting condition take out, at an extra cost, extended benefits to include hospitalization for a preexisting condition. This can only be done if the condition has been stable for six months before arriving in Israel.
Some exclusions (depending on the policy) may include psychiatric or psychological care, ADHD medication or evaluation, medical equipment, physical therapy or para-medical therapy, holistic treatments, and over the counter medications. Some policies include emergency options to fly a child back home for medical care.
Examples of Routine Medical Care
1. Fever with a sore throat
2. Tiredness and a general feeling of being unwell
3. Stomach issues like diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain
4. Respiratory infections – colds, coughs, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis
It’s important to note appointments for family doctors are generally readily available. See HERE for information on weekend/ holiday availability. In most cases, family doctors have to refer the student for tests, specialist appointments, and lab work.
Examples of Non-Routine Medical Care (which will not usually be covered by local student insurance):
3. Complementary medicine such as cranial-sacral therapy, homeopathy, osteopathy, and reflexology
4. Physical therapy
Some programs request each student to use the same medical insurance, issued by a specific broker. Some programs allow each student to choose their own medical insurance. EMA Care has partnered with both types of schools. When every student has the same medical insurance policy, the student’s healthcare is managed more efficiently. EMA Care urges schools to sign on for one medical insurance plan for all students. We strongly recommend parents to request one plan for all students and, if the option is available, to sign up for the school medical program even if your child has coverage through your home insurance carrier.
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We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!
We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.
My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and...
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“EMA” Care is so fitting a name for Dr. Eliana Aaron’s exceptional gap year concierge health care service. Dr. Aaron is not only an incredible health care professional; she is also an “Ema Extraordinaire” in every sense of the word. My child had a range of medical needs while abroad, some anticipated and others not, and she was there for him (and me) – even in the middle of the night, -- always calm, reassuring, thinking out of the box, getting him to the appropriate medical professionals...