Healthcare Attorney Helping Older Individuals Retain Control of Their Medical Care
Aging is a natural part of life that everyone must embrace. It is essential to understand and prepare for the expenses and details of the health care you may require as you age to make the most out of this stage of your journey. A well-thought-out strategy ensures you will get the quality medical treatment you want and deserve without placing an undue financial or emotional burden on your loved ones. Hait Family Law can help you create a plan tailored to your specific needs. Call (077) 200 8161 for more information.
How Can You Ensure That Your Healthcare Wishes Are Honored As You Age?
When you make Aliyah, the end-of-life planning documents you created in your home country, such as a living will or a financial Power of Attorney, are not valid in Israel. It is imperative that you consult with a knowledgeable healthcare attorney who can help you draft new documents outlining your decisions so you can continue to receive the care you want.
Two important actions every individual should take are:
- Drafting a Continuing Power of Attorney: This powerful legal tool allows you to specify your future choices regarding healthcare and treatment. It remains in effect even if you become incapacitated and can no longer make decisions or direct your medical care. Contacting an experienced healthcare lawyer to create this document on your behalf is crucial to ensure that the document meets all legal requirements and that your wishes are clearly stated.
- Designating a trusted Decision Support Advocate: An unfortunate reality of aging is the decline of our mental function. As we enter the third stage of our lives, there may be instances where we cannot make informed decisions on our own. To prepare for this time, you can designate a Decision Support Advocate. This person should be someone who is trusted by you and has a strong understanding of your values and life choices. Most people choose a spouse, child, or sibling. Your Decision Support Advocate cannot unilaterally make decisions for you, but they can assist you in your decision-making process for things such as healthcare and financial choices.
What Are the Benefits of the Israeli Terminally Ill Patients Law?
A key part of maintaining your dignity as you age involves having a say in which treatments you do and do not want to be performed on your body. The Israeli Terminally Ill Patients Law allows you to carefully outline what type of end-of-life medical care is acceptable to you. It is comforting to know that you will maintain control over your medical treatment, even if you have dementia or are in a vegetative state. While it can be hard to think about these situations, making these choices while you still possess your cognitive function can grant you and your family peace of mind.
Can You Get Universal Health Insurance if You Move to Israel Post-Retirement?
It is the dream of many Jewish people around the world to immigrate to Israel once they retire. However, one concern that older Jews rightfully have when considering a move to Israel is whether they will be eligible for the country’s Universal Health Insurance and if it will cover their medical needs. The good news is that you will receive coverage under Universal Health Insurance, which covers most basic care, even for pre-existing conditions. The downside is that it doesn’t cover everything, and you will likely need to take some steps to supplement your coverage, particularly if you have increased medical needs.
How Can You Supplement Your Healthcare Coverage?
When planning for your golden years in Israel, it is critical to account for the cost of your medical expenses and any specialized care you may need. One way to ensure that your medical costs will be as fully covered as possible is to supplement your Universal Health Insurance coverage. You can do this in two ways:
- Expand your services: You can opt to pay an additional monthly fee to your current HMO to receive extra coverage. It’s essential to review these plans and ensure they meet your needs and budget before signing up.
- Purchase private insurance: Your second option involves buying a completely private insurance plan from another insurer. If you are coming from the US, you will probably be pleasantly surprised by the affordability of these private plans because they are much cheaper than comparable plans in the US. But it is important to do your due diligence and find the plan that is right for you.
If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of planning for your healthcare in Israel as you age, Hait Family Law is here to provide legal knowledge and services you can trust. Call (077) 200 8161 to speak with a qualified healthcare lawyer today.