Making plans for your future health care is extremely important. Israel has a growing senior population and the socialized healthcare system provides many services specifically for older people. It’s also very important to be aware of the legal tools available to help you take the necessary steps towards planning for a future with dignity and peace of mind.
We’ve answered some Frequently Asked Questions to help you begin gathering the information you’ll need to make an informed decision about your future.
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How can you be sure your health care choices for the future will be protected if you become incapacitated and can't direct your doctors to act according to your wishes? The Continuing Power of Attorney enables you to make those determinations now, about future medical treatments. It’s essential to have an attorney who understands all the legal implications prepare it on your behalf.
As you plan for the third stage of life it’s important to consider that your mental capacity may be diminished at a time when you are required to make important decisions. A Decision Support Advocate is someone you have chosen, a child or a spouse for example, who knows your values and wishes and is there to assist you with decision making regarding your health care.
This law allows you to enter your golden years knowing that you have decided on and put in place, the type of care you want towards the end of your life in the event that you are unable to choose in the future. You could be in a vegetative state or have dementia when decisions about medical treatments must be made. For example, do you want to request no further treatment if medical intervention is deemed necessary to prolong your life? Deciding while you have all you faculties gives you control of these important choices and helps preserve the dignity you deserve.
There are certain situations where a foreign worker or caregiver has gotten rights to a person’s assets. 1) The long-term caregiver has been so appreciated that they are included in the written will. This can be challenged and has historically gone both ways. 2) The caregiver and their charge become involved in a romantic relationship whereby it is known to the public ( ידועים לציבור) that they are together. In Israel this is considered as if they are married and the foreign caregiver has rights as a spouse would. It’s advisable to consult with an experienced attorney whenever a foreign caregiver enters your life.
When people dream of retiring to Israel one of the questions, I hear most often is regarding Israel’s Universal Health Insurance. Yes, it covers the basics (even if you have pre-existing conditions) but it doesn’t cover everything. There are two ways to supplement your healthcare coverage. 1) You can expand the basic services in your chosen provider (there are 4 to choose from) for an additional monthly fee. 2) You can purchase private insurance which is generally much cheaper than private insurance in the U.S. It’s important to understand the cost and details of healthcare so you can plan your new life in Israel.