Waiting area outside the nurse-intake room of the emergency area at Kaplan Hospital.
I do not like to go to the doctor or the hospital. The last time I was in the hospital was to give birth to our 20 year old. Until Saturday night.
End of story first…I am fine.
First I went to an urgent care office (cost: 42 shekels, just over $10) in our city, where 2 doctors saw me and weren’t sure what was wrong, so they sent me right away to the emergency room. We do not have a hospital, so we went to Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot. We arrived at 7:43pm. Within an hour, I saw nurse, had blood drawn (left in the needle in case I needed an IV), had an EKG. And sat. And sat. In the waiting area above.
Finally, at 3:19am, I was called into the emergency room, where 2 different doctors looked at me. The first doctor seemed concerned and called in a second doctor. The hematologist gave me the good news that I was not dead and that I did not have an artery problem. He said that he was sure that it was nothing serious, but that he would try to schedule me for an ultrasound at 8:00am. I sat in the waiting area the rest of the time with our younger daughter (Baruch was with me up to this point, then ran home to do a couple of things and then came back).
At 9:00am, I had an ultrasound and given the “okay”. Very thankful for that. Cleared to go to Romania on Tuesday! Looking forward to it!
The reason I am sharing this story with you is that first, I wanted to say that Israel has very good doctors and I felt confident when I left that they knew what they were talking about. Second, Israel is a bit of a no-frills experience, so don’t expect to be pampered. Third, the emergency room visit was free.
I am not advocating socialized medicine. We have very high taxes here and we do still pay a small premium for health insurance each month.
Even though I was frustrated at different times of the experience, I did get good care. And, this afternoon, one of the doctors who saw me at the urgent care in our city, called me to check up and see how I was. Pretty amazing.