Where does the money go?


Where does the money go?

It is now over two months, since I had my Thyroid removed. What can I say? Not very pleasant or friendly time…I had my surgery in a public hospital in Israel. I have lived in the US for many years, and did not imagine how bad hospitals in Israel were.

I have to be honest and very clear regarding this matter, I think it is crucial that people will understand and know, how hard life are for people who are sick in Israel. It is a social system; would the American really like to have this kind of systems?

I guess it is a little complicated to understand what I am saying here, so I better start from the beginning:

I was scheduled to have a surgery three weeks after I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer, usually it takes longer (that is what I have being told…), but since I had my son`s Bar-Mitzvah a month later, the hospital tried its best and schedule earlier than  they usually do. When I arrived that morning, I was told to choose a bed in the hallway, whatever bed that was available, since some of them were occupied already.  I was totally shocked. In the beginning of the 21st century, not in a third world country, in a respected Hospital, not enough beds? Yes, this is the situation here every day. Not enough beds, not enough staff: actually, really 30 hours shifts for doctors, not enough nurses in any of the shifts, family members need to stay with the patients and care for them. My husband had to spend the night with me in one bed, just to make sure that if I need something, there will be someone there to care for me.

On another subject – schools

In Israel there are 40 kids in a class room, and I am wondering: Where does the money go? There are so many donations to Hospitals, research, and I have no idea what else, where does the money go?

Money that do come from abroad, needs to find its way to the quality life of the Israeli people, and this means – help with staff, bigger hospitals, more rooms, just help people with everyday life. I would highly recommend leaving research for other countries, and helping bring more quality to people here. I know that so many communities in the world support Israel, you should check where your money is actually needed, and make sure it gets there!

 

Wishing you all good health, happiness and peace

Love, Revital

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About Revital Shiri-Horowitz

Author DAUGHTERS OF IRAQ novel @ immigrant experience to Israel. Experienced speaker to Jewish communities, bk audiences. Luvs her 4 sons/hubby/Havana Silk dogs http://revital-sh.com/
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2 Responses to Where does the money go?

  1. Stuart Land says:

    Oh, sweet Revital, I didn’t know about your surgery. I hope the surgery went well and you are doing much better now. What an awful experience you went through. I had no idea of the situation there in either the hospitals or the classrooms. I suspect a large portion of money goes to the defense of your country, as it does in the US, even though it is earmarked for other things. I don’t know if in Israel you have a choice whether to use public doctors and hospitals, or private medical care. In the US, medical care is so expensive, it is cost prohibitive for most people. I think a combination of public and private care is best. Then people have a choice. I also believe everyone should have access to medical care, no matter where they live. I had surgery a year ago in a public hospital where I live in Thailand, but being a foreigner, I had to pay. Still, the cost of my complete operation was less than my co-pay would have been if I was living in the US. I would be dead now if I lived in the US. So here, Thais have a choice: they can pay Bt 30 (about 90 cents) per doctor visit, or go to a private hospital and pay Bt 300 (about $9 per visit). I see a specialist and it cost me about $12 for a twenty to forty minute visit. I wait on an average of ten minutes. Of course, if I were in the public hospital, the wait would be hours.

    Next time you need medical care, Revital, come visit me and I will show you where to get top quality care that won’t bankrupt you.

  2. Hey Stuart

    So nice to hear from you! I am still waiting for your visit in Tel-Aviv…;). The medical system on Israel is social. Everyone has medical insurance. There are also private Hospital here, but they are small and not very well equipped. If you have a serious problem you better go to the public Hospital, and this is what I ended up doing. I was shocked and very much disappointed with what I saw there. Most Doctors and good and work so hard, and also most of the other staff, but the conditions are poor! Doctors work 36 hour shifts, mot enough staff anywhere. My husband had to spend the nights in my single bed, just to make sure that if I needed something, there was someone there to watch me. This does not make sense at all!!!! I know that we need to keep our army active, but there are so many donations to Hospitals, and research, and all I am saying is, that the money should go to benefit the people: first better conditions, then research.

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