Medical Tourism, Treatments and Surgery in Jerusalem
Unfortunately, Israel gets a bad rap and always seems to be in the news for all the wrong reasons. Yet the country has a sound economy, and both transport and health infrastructures are top-end. Along with Tel Aviv, Jerusalem has a growing reputation in the medical tourism world.
For one, prices are so much cheaper here than in Europe or the US, with absolutely no drop-off in the level of care. Jerusalem hospitals are staffed by expert physicians and now attract thousands of foreigners for standard and intense medical procedures every year.
The capital is loaded with quality hospitals and scientific research centres with high standards of services and care. There is an abnormal number of physicians and specialists in the city (per head), and the infant mortality rate and life expectancy levels are excellent. Jerusalem hospitals offer a wide range of treatment options and have multilingual staff.
Advantages of Medical Tourism
Jerusalem is up there with other medical tourism destinations in Europe and is a world-leader in many fields, such as cancer treatments. Although not as accessible as Greece
, its prices for medical tourists are similar to prices in these countries, with the addition of a warm climate and high levels of expertise in certain fields.
Jerusalem has extensive facilities for health care and tourism, with many hospitals and top-end hotels being cheaper here than in most other world cities. Despite the country's ongoing conflict with Palestine, Jerusalem is secure and has quality infrastructure.
There are also good shopping, dining and sightseeing options, with side attractions like Bethlehem, the beaches of Tel Aviv, and nearby Haifa - the biggest city in northern Israel, all of which make it worth the trip alone. Although the official language is Hebrew, almost everyone speaks English, including doctors and nurses.
Jerusalem hospitals can perform many high profile procedures, such as bone marrow transplants and heart surgery. The city's medical facilities are well set up to treat neurological illnesses and also provide particularly successful proponents of in vitro fertilisation. Alternative treatments for dermatological conditions and rheumatologic diseases are also popular, with the hot springs of the Dead Sea region bringing many benefits.
There is no corner cut regards the quality of Jerusalem hospitals, which are among the best in the world at what they do. Orthopaedic facilities are particularly excellent and patients come from far and wide to fix bone and joint problems. Techniques in plastic surgery have been employed elsewhere in the world from Jerusalem doctors.
Two of the best hospitals in the country for medical tourism belong to the Hadassah Hospital group. Jerusalem's 800-bed Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital is the forerunner in tertiary care, with multiple departments and clinics, along with some amazing staff.
The Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, a 400-bed facility in northern Jerusalem, is also renowned, being especially noted for its world class Guggenheim Rehabilitation Centre. Both serve international medical tourism patients and have dedicated air ambulance services.