People have been asking “why do gap year students need EMA Care??” The answer is: Student health plans do not cover essential health needs that parents want for their child. EMA Care provides those services and fills in the gaps left by local insurance programs.
Each year thousands of students come to Israel to work, study, and have fun! After high school, it has become a rite of passage for Jewish youth from all over the world to spend 1-12 months in Israel. The programs are varied from yeshiva/seminary or university study to volunteering in the Negev desert.
These varied programs have three things in common:
Although, most students have local health insurance, insurance pays only for doctor and hospital visits. There is no follow up, supervision, or hand-holding in what can be a frightening experience for an 18 year old. Moreover, most healthcare providers do not have the time to give proper instructions, speak to parents or administrators, or even give advice on preventing complications. Add in a new language and medical culture, and things can get complicated even for simple seasonal illnesses (like flu) or minor acute problems (like a sprained ankle). Unlike the U.S., community physicians in Israel are not “on call” and students have no access to Israeli HMO help lines.
Students are often left on their own to attend appointments, get medication, and even go to urgent care centers or emergency rooms. Some schools will send an attendant or ask a fellow student to attend, but in nearly all cases, these attendants have little to no medical training, sometimes do not speak Hebrew fluently, and do not know how to navigate the Israeli health care system
EMA Care fills these gaps by providing:
Last year a young man had an infected tooth and a dental procedure. The dentist prescribed a course of antibiotic treatment. Once he was no longer in pain, he forgot to take his medicine. He predictably became seriously ill and was hospitalized. He was very sick, in pain, confused and in shock. His family was angry about the “poor care” their son received. All he wanted to do was go home. And he did. He did not finish his program or have the Israeli experience he had been dreaming about.
If only EMA Care had been called to assist in his case management and recovery!
EMA Care is not an insurance company, we are an assurance company - assuring that top care, effective communication, and advocacy is provided when a gap year student is in medical need.
EMA Care provides medical concierge, case management, and patient advocacy services to tourists, students and residents of Israel. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
My experience with Ema Care has been so positive that I wanted to share it in case it could help someone else. Eight days ago my daughter, a Shanah Bet student, called to say she wasn’t feeling well and had symptoms of Covid-19. I was put in touch with an Infectious Disease specialist who recommended Ema Care. I reached Dr. Eliana Aaron easily and signed my daughter up. The next morning, Ema Care gave my daughter a telehealth exam and provided her with prescriptions, as well as a list of...
I would like to also add my compliments, you exceeded my already very high expectations. You can certainly send other schools our way for a recommendation.
-Mr. E. Naiman
Dear Dr. Eliana words simply cannot express how much you have done for all of us and so many others in keeping us informed, calming anxieties, and being such a wonderful and patient resource through such a difficult time. Wishing you much bracha and hatzlacha in the merit of all the countless mitzvot u have done to help so many through these trying times; mikol halev, ein milim and thanks so so much .
Gap Year Program Staff
Hello Dr. Aaron. I cannot thank you enough for providing not only crucial information but a framework that gave us stability and allowed us to function (instead of descending into chaos, which undoubtedly would have happened, if not for you). At the risk of waxing dramatic, I will tell you that when I think of what you've done these past couple of months, what comes to mind is Rav Yohanan Ben Zakai asking Vespasian to give him Yavneh ve-Hakhameha, thus saving the entire enterprise of Talmud...
I just wanted to say I think Dr. Eliana is one of the most rationale people providing the public with current information. I have no idea how I came across your Facebook page but I love what you say, just heard the one about reopening shuls, and the way you present it. clear, concise and factual. I work in Toronto on COVID 19 and just wanted to let you know that you are doing a fantastic job. I think here there are community doctors putting out information and I have told them they are too...
I just wanted to thank you very much for that presentation. Very thorough and certainly helped create important and necessary focus. Very much appreciated.
Gap Year Program Staff
First of all, thank you for that incredibly informative call. Really got us thinking about all the issues we need to consider for next year. Thank you in general for being available to all of us on the group. We have benefited so much from your wisdom and advice over the past few weeks.
Head of Gap Year Program
I just wanted to thank you for all your guidance and advice you're are providing the yeshivot and midreshot. I'm the Director of a boys program and although I'm sure you've heard it many times already, your role has been indispensable in getting us all through this.
Head of Gap Year Program