Medical Emergencies While In Israel

In case of an emergency, for immediate medical attention or to call an ambulance dial 101 from any telephone in Israel.

If you or a U.S. citizen loved one become seriously ill or injured abroad, a consular officer from the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or the Branch Office in Tel Aviv can assist in locating appropriate medical services and informing your family or friends.  We can assist you in returning to the United States after your recovery. If necessary, a consular officer can also assist in the transfer of funds from the United States. However, payment of hospital and other expenses is the patient’s responsibility.

For assistance, please call the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or the Branch Office in Tel Aviv using the contact information here.

Lists of Doctors and Hospitals in Israel

If you need a doctor for an emergency or for a normal appointment, you may select one from this list of doctors and hospitals.

Check Your Health Insurance – Are You Covered Abroad?

Before you go abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas.  If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form.  Although many health insurance companies will pay “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States.  Medical evacuation can easily cost $60,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition. List of Medical Evacuation and Insurance Companies

What about Medicare?

You are NOT covered by Medicare abroad.  The Social Security Medicare program does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside of the United States.  Senior citizens may wish to contact the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) or a travel agent for information about foreign medical care coverage with private Medicare supplement plans.