I was reading this article in the NYTimes about the cost of Health Insurance in the US.
I was shocked. An average family of 4 (who are self-employed) can easily be paying out $1000 a month for health insurance (if they don't find some company to pay it for them)!
How it actually works in Israel is that by law, part of your Social Security payments goes to your health insurance (Bituach Leumi is 10% of your salary so basically 5% of your salary is goes to Health Insurance).
If you are independent or not working, then you have a minimal Bituach Leumi payment to make of around NIS 100-200 a month depending on your status ($30-$60 a month).
If as an independent you are taking a salary, again it comes out of the Bituach Leumi from the part you take as salary.
I don't have exact numbers, but I think that my wife and I are paying an extra NIS 100 a month ($28 a month) combined, for the "complete packages" to supplement the government required basic insurance package.
If we go to Terem (our preferred private, emergency clinic in Jerusalem), then there might be an additional supplement of NIS 50-70 that we have to pay directly to Terem, and that is regardless of how many X-rays or tests they may do.
Doctors in Israel are also world class, so it is not like you are taking a drop in the level of your treatment. In fact, from what I hear about hospitals in the US, the personal attention and consideration you get in an Israeli hospital simply blows away anything that the States has to offer.
(Yes, I know people are going to disagree with me on the above paragraph with some exceptional cases, but the exceptions aren't the rule).
I think I've made my point here, but I expect some vitriolic comments anyway.
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