Two birds with one stone

Medical Tourism is New Trend in Israel

Now you can tour Israel and at the same time get a knee replacement. Sounds unusual? Thousands are turning Israel into a medical hot-spot.
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By INR Staff
First Publish: 10/9/2012, 7:00 AM

Surgery (illustrative)
Surgery (illustrative)
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Now you can tour Israel and at the same time get a knee replacement. Sounds unusual? Well, according to Eli Knoller of IsraMedica, tens of thousands of Americans have been flying overseas for medical treatments in a new trend referred to as medical tourism.

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"A patient with a pre-planned medical treatment need can have the procedure done abroad," Knoller stated. "There are excellent medical facilities in the United States as everyone knows, but tens of thousands of Americans choose to have medical treatment overseas because the savings are very significant."

Knoller quoted statistics indicating a high rate of Americans without health insurance, meaning that any type of medical procedure would be an out-of-pocket cost.

Knoller said that another reason for medical tourism is "patients and their spouses can easily combined the medical needs with a trip to a foreign country and then enjoy rest and relaxation following the procedure."

Knoller told Jay Shapiro Show  that in some cases a surgery can cost up to 65 percent less then in the United States. Examples of such procedures were listed as gastric bypass, spinal fusion, knee replacement, cosmetic treatments, dental implants, vein treatments, and other medical procedures.

In addition to Israel's countless medical breakthroughs, Knoller sited several other reasons Israel is becoming a hot-spot for medical tourism. "For religious reasons, regardless of what religion, or for patriotic reasons, people want to come to Israel because they believe in the high quality of medical care and innovations as well as they unique experience of visiting the Holy Land."

What we did on our vacation to the north

So we just came back from five nights in the north of the country.  Here is what we did with kids ages 9, 5, and 3.

1.  Kfar HaRoe on the No. 4 highway north.  This is a religious moshav and is home to the amazing Jacob's Dairy.  They make the best cheeses in Israel and they're coupled with a baker who makes unique and delicious breads.  Bought cheese and bread; made sandwiches for lunch.

2.  Tishbi Winery - Binyamina on the outskirts of Zichron Yaakov- on the best wineries in Israel.  Stopped for a tour of the winery and wine making process.  Wine and chocolate tasting (could have done without the chocolate, really creamy French chocolates - not my thing).  Bought wine.  Tishbi has amazing wines, my recomendation is their Pinot Noir, best in the country.

3.  Tzimmered it - Private Tzimmer with private pool on Moshav Shefer in the Upper Galilee.  Great deal.  Young couple runs the local makolet and pizzaria.  Their pizza is the best I've had in years!!!

4.  Shabbat Take out food - Taamim in Meron.  Bought prepared Shabbat food in Meron (right at the first traffic circle and about 4 houses down).  They also have a restaurant. 

5.  Meron - had to go to the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (AKA Rashbi).  This is where many boys have their first haircut at age three (Ashkenazim call this an Upshirin and Sephardim call this a Halake) and where there are MAJOR bonfires on Lag BaOmer.  It was quiet when were there so it was nice.

6.  Mini Golf - in a moshav called Parod there is mini golf, a paint ball shooting range, bouncy castles, wooden bowling and various kiddie games.  It was a very nice stop for our group.

7.  Tnuva Visitors Centre - no go.  You need to book in advance and children under 5 are not allowed in.  So with my almost 4 year old it was moot anyway.

8.  Shooting range - Our diverse family has many things it likes to do.  Had to hit the shooting range for my 16 year old who joined us for part of the time.  We had a wonderful instructor and I bought the little kids nurf guns so they could shoot at the targets too!!!

9.  Marzipan Musuem - Kfar Tavor.  We did this year ago with our older ones, now it ws the little kids turns.  If Tishbi was the highlight of my trip, this was the highlight of the kids trip.  The cost of the museum and shot film is worth it only because it comes with a marzipan (and if you want Chocolate too!) workshop.  Kids are still raving about what fun this was.

10. The Land of Olive Oil and Honey  - In Migdal there is a place that still makes olive oil the old way, using stones for crushing not modern cutting and chopping equipment.  After an tour of the tiny factory, you can taste the various oils they make and compare to the modern process.  There is a small restaurant and pita making workshop (both need to be arranged in advance).  Best olive oil I've ever tasted.  Its directly opposite the Migdal musuem which also needs to be arranged in advance.

11.  Bet Alfa - On the way home we hit Bet Alfa where there is a sixth century mosaic synagogue floor.  Nicely done movie, with English subtitles, short and sweet.

12.  Belvoir - back tracked a little to go to Belvoir a crusader fortress at the top of a mountain over looking the Jordan valley.  Lovely picnicing areas.  Kids loved the fortress and the view is incredible.

Home sweet home.

Give us a call to help you plan your itinerary so that your next trip you see and do something speical.

Ancient Samson seal discovered near Bet Shemesh

New in archeologgy.
A small ancient seal depicting a man fighting a lion has been discovered near Beit Shemesh, according to PhysOrg news. The Tel Aviv researchers who dug up the artifact say it may be related to the biblical story of Samson who fought wild animals. Archeologists believe the find to be from the 12th century BCE. The city of Beit Shemesh is in the region where Samson lived.

August 2012 things to do

Thing to do in Jerusalem for August.

Hutzot HaYotzer is the international arts and crafts exhibition.  Wonderful stalls filled with Israeli handiwork and pavillions of crafts from 39 countires indlucing Brazil, China, India, Romania, Peru, and Ghana.  There is music,street permormances and concerts each evening with well known Israeli artists.  Take a picnic or buy from the food stalls.  Its a great event for couples, families and friends.  Aug. 6 - 18, 2012 from 18:00 - 23:00 every evening except for Fridays.  Saturday from one hour after the Sabbath goes out until midnight.  Cost is 60 NIS per adult and 35 NIS per child but there is a family ticket for 190 NIS which is a great saver for large families.  Try and purchase tickets in advance at ticket outlets in the city so you don't have to stand in line but even if you have to, its worth it!!!!

27th annual Kite Festival - if you are a kite entusiast or just want to build one with the kids this is a great opportunity and a wonderful one day event.  Aug. 21, 2012 at the Israel Musuem from 10:00 - 19:00; kite making, kite flying and a musical parade of giant puppets. 

Every Second Thursday night at City Hall has open concerts at 21:00.  Aug, 2, 16, and 30th.  If you're a music lover check it out.

Bezalel Arts Fair - Every Friday this summer from 10:00 - 16:00 you can go to the pedistrian mall outside the Bezalel Art Academy in Central Jerusalem.  Exhibition and sale of works of current and former students at this art, culture and social fair.

So much to do, so much to see. 

Contact us to build you an itinerary for your upcoming trip so you don't miss out on the fun.

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