Medical Tourism to Israel

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Israel is a major medical tourism destination primarily due to its worldwide reputation for high quality healthcare and world-renowned medical facilities. Complicated treatments and procedures that would be unavailable in other countries are available in Israel at reasonable prices, including orthopedic surgeries, oncology and cancer treatments, fertility and IVF treatments and neurosurgery.

Patients from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa are drawn to Israel's quality healthcare services.

Americans and Western Europeans (mostly of Jewish ancestry) come to avail themselves of high quality medical treatment at a very reasonable cost.

The Healthcare System in Israel

Israel's high standards in healthcare services, top-of-the-line medical resources, ultra-modern hospitals and healthcare facilities, and a very high specialist-patient ratio makes the Israeli healthcare system one of the most advanced and innovative anywhere in the world. Israel's reputation as a healthcare leader in various fields of medicine is unquestionable.

There are around 70 general hospitals and medical centers in Israel, the majority of which are owned and operated by the government and non-profit organizations.

The Israeli Ministry of Health is responsible for the control and management of health policies in the country, including the standardization and implementation of health regulations among the various hospitals and health centers in the nation.

The Ministry of Health also regulates the qualification and certification of Israel's doctors and other medical professionals, some of whom have developed a reputation that is known throughout the world. Many of Israel's physicians and health practitioners have emigrated from European and American countries and are well-trained and adept in Western medicine and procedures. Most Israeli medical practitioners put a high emphasis on further education, enabling them to become experts and super-specialists in their chosen medical fields.

Top Hospitals for Medical Tourism in Israel

  • Tel Aviv Assuta Hospital - Tel Aviv
    This newly constructed privately-owned medical center was opened to the public in 2009 and is now considered as the most advanced healthcare facility in the Middle East. Medical tourists can stay in private rooms equipped with cable TV, Wi-Fi internet connections and excellent room and personal assistant services. The medical center is owned and operated by the Assuta Medical Group, which includes 5 hospitals and 7 other medical centers in the country.
  • Herzliya Medical Center - Herzliya (5 KM from Tel-Aviv)
    Herzliya Medical Center is a privately-owned hospital that offers technically advanced medical facilities and services, including complex heart surgeries, neurosurgeries and endoscopic procedures. The medical center is also the first medical institution in Israel to receive full accreditation and certification from Blue Cross Blue Shield of America for medical tourism treatments, procedures and other services.
  • Haddasah University Medical Center - Jerusalem
    Hadassah Medical is a non-profit organization which operates two hospitals in Jerusalem - Hadassah Ein kerem Hospital and Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, both are advanced tertiary care hospitals who serve thousands of medical tourists annually.
  • Sheba Medical Center - Tel Hashomer (Tel-Aviv suburb)
    The largest medical centre in Israel and the Middle East, internationally renowned for it's medical excellence. Around 31,000 inpatients are treated annually.
  • Browse our list of hospitals in Israel > > .

Common Treatments Done by Medical Tourists in Israel

Hospitals and healthcare facilities in Israel offer top of the line procedures and services for medical travelers, including complicated medical procedures and treatment which include but are not limited to the following:

Cost of Medical Treatments in Israel

The following are cost comparisons between Medical procedures in Israel and equivalent procedures in the United States and the UK: [Sources 1, 2]
Fertility Treatments
Procedure US Hospitals Israel Average Savings
IVF Treatments $16,000 - $20,000 $5,000 - $6,000 68% - 70%
Medical Procedures
Procedure US Hospitals Israel Average Savings
Heart Bypass $120,000 - $130,000 $20,000 - $35,000 73% - 83%
Hip Replacement $41,000 - $43,000 $35,000 - $40,000 6% - 14%
Bone Marrow Transplant $240,000 - $260,000 $100,000 - $120,000 53% - 58%
Knee Replacement $38,000 - $40,000 $20,000 - $30,000 25% - 47%
Eye Surgeries
Procedure US Hospitals Israel Average Savings
Cataract Surgery $5,000 - $6,000 $3,500 - $4,000 30% - 33%
Plastic Surgery
Procedure US Hospitals Israel Average Savings
Face Lift (rhytidectomy) $7,500 - $9,500 $6,500 - $7,500 13% - 21%
Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty) $5,000 - $8,000 $3,500 - $4,000 30% - 50%
Complete Liposuction (lipoplasty) $4,000 - $6,500 $2,000 - $3,000 50% - 53%
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) $5,500 - $6,500 $4,000 - $5,000 23% - 27%
Botox (Facial Region) $500 - $1000 $350 - $450 30% - 55%
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Procedure US Hospitals Israel Average Savings
Dental Implants $3,000 - $4,000 $1,000 - $1,500 62% - 67%
Medical Procedures
Procedure UK Israel Average Savings
Bone Marrow Transplant £140,000- £150,000 £60,000 -£70,000 53% - 57%
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Procedure UK Israel Average Savings
Face Lift (rhytidectomy) £6,500 - £7,500 £4,000 - £4,500 38% - 40%
Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty) £3000 - £5000 £2,000 - £2,500 33% - 50%
Breast Reduction £3000 - £5000 £2,000 - £2,500 33% - 50%
Botox (Facial Region) £340 - £400 £250 - £350 10% - 40%
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Procedure UK Israel Average Savings
Dental Implants £1800 - £2500 £600 - £1000 60% - 67%

Malpractice and Liability Laws in Israel

In Israel, a medical practitioner can be charged with malpractice if he or she has acted negligently during the treatment of a patient, or if he intentionally neglected to treat a patient. Several law firms in Israel have placed their focus in this growing field, as malpractice cases are much more complex and would require ample evidence and the backing of professional opinion before any claims compensation are awarded.
Patients requiring assistance for malpractice and liability claims in Israel, can seek the services of these professionals and law firms. They have ample experience and technical expertise in this field. Malpractice cases can also include diagnosis failures, misdiagnosis, failure to render the correct treatment, and unreasonable delay before treatment is rendered.

Pros

  • Highly qualified medical professionals

    Israel hosts some of the most highly qualified and experienced doctors and surgeons in the world.
  • Sophisticated medical technology

    The presence and availability of sophisticated medical technology, some of which were developed and perfected in Israel.
  • World class medical facilities

    The leading hospitals offer world-class medical facilities and equipment
  • Language

    Russian and English are widely spoken by medical personnel

Cons

  • Prices are higher than in most Asian countries

    Prices of medical procedures are high compared to medical tourism destinations such in Asia
  • Political concerns

    The ongoing conflict with Palestine and other Arab countries is a cause of concern to tourists coming to Israel
  • Service levels at public hospitals

    Service levels at public hospitals are poor. Private rooms are scarce and the nurse/patient ratio is low compared to medical tourism destinations in Asia.

Traveling to Israel

There are several major airline carriers traveling to Israel directly from all major cities in Europe and America. Most Arab countries do not have a direct flight to Israel, but can be reached through Amman, Jordan.

Average estimated travel time in hours

From/To Israel
Moscow 4
St. Petersburg 5
Bulgaria (Sofia) 2
Romania (Bucharest) 3
Cyprus (Nicosia) 1
Greece (Athens) 2
Jordan 1
UAE (Dubai) 3
Georgia (Tbilisi) 2
Ukraine (Kiev) 3
New York 12
Los Angeles 16
London 5

Entry and Exit Requirements to Israel

Israel has made arrangements and agreements with 65 countries whereby citizens from these countries will no longer require a visa to enter Israel. The only requirement is a valid passport. Here is a list of these countries.
Most African, Asian and Arab countries need to apply for a Visa through the Israeli embassy in their country.

Statistics of Medical Tourism in Israel

Thousands of medical travelers have visited Israel in the last few years to avail themselves of the sophisticated healthcare and medical procedures that this country has to offer. In 2006, approximately 15,000 foreign nationals entered the country specifically for various medical treatments. Approximately 50% of these visitors were medical tourists from Russia and Eastern Europe.
Most of these patients came for medical procedures that were not available or were very expensive in their home countries, including heart surgeries, oncology and cancer treatments, bone marrow transplants and fertility treatments - Israel records the highest numbers of procedures performed compared to anywhere else in the world.
And 65% of medical visitors coming to Israel have undergone various medical treatments whilst the other 35% availed themselves of cosmetic and aesthetic surgeries and treatments.
Hospitals in Israel