Ukrainian refugees will receive free medical services in Israel | JNS

Israeli Terem Medical Clinics will provide free care to Ukrainian refugees who do not qualify for membership in a health fund.

Earlier this week, Knesset Member Idit Silman (Yamina), who chairs the Knesset Health Committee, called on the country’s health and medical organizations to step up and provide care in Israel as ” humanitarian aid”.

“It is important for us as a Jewish state not to stand aside when a serious humanitarian crisis occurs,” Silman said.

Terem normally provides emergency screening and care, including treatment for various urgent injuries, heart attacks and other emergencies. However, the organization said that if Ukrainian citizens have other medical issues that need to be addressed, including receiving primary care or treatment for chronic conditions, it will also provide that support until they can return. in their country.

Additionally, a Terem spokesperson told JNS that the organization was in discussion with other companies about the possibility of refugees also receiving free medicine.

Terem was already providing emergency medical care to foreign workers and asylum seekers living in the center of the country, particularly in south Tel Aviv, said Natan Applebaum, CEO of Terem Medical Clinic.

“We will now expand our services nationwide,” he said. “Ukrainian refugees will be able to seek treatment at any clinic, from Eilat in the south to Carmiel or Nahariya in the north. Once identified as refugees, they will have access to all the services of the centre.

Israel has a socialized medical system which is run by four major health funds. However, the system is only available to citizens in good standing (including new immigrants) and people in certain permanent residency categories.

Tourists, diplomats, foreign citizens and foreign students living in the country can opt for private health insurance options through the health funds, with prices ranging from 300 shekels ($90) to 2,000 shekels ($610) – prices that might be too high. for the refugees who were forced to leave everything behind.

Since the outbreak of the war on February 24, 5,598 Ukrainians who do not have the right to become Israeli citizens have entered the country, according to the Israeli Interior Ministry.

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Christy J. Olson