Why Israel

Why Medical Tourism Israel

Israel is a major medical tourism destination primarily due to its worldwide reputation for high quality healthcare and world-renowned medical facilities. Complicated treatments and procedures that would be unavailable in other countries are available in Israel at reasonable prices, including orthopedic surgeries, oncology and cancer treatments, fertility and IVF treatments and neurosurgery.

Patients from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa are drawn to Israel's quality healthcare services.

Americans (mostly of Jewish ancestry) and Western Europeans come to avail themselves of high quality medical treatment at a very reasonable cost.

Why Israel

Israel's high standards in healthcare services, top-of-the-line medical resources, ultra-modern hospitals and healthcare facilities, and a very high specialist-patient ratio makes the Israeli healthcare system one of the most advanced and innovative anywhere in the world. Israel's reputation as a healthcare leader in various fields of medicine is unquestionable.

There are around 70 general hospitals and medical centers in Israel, the majority of which are owned and operated by the government and non-profit organizations.

The Israeli Ministry of Health is responsible for the control and management of health policies in the country, including the standardization and implementation of health regulations among the various hospitals and health centers in the nation.

The Ministry of Health also regulates the qualification and certification of Israel's doctors and other medical professionals, some of whom have developed a reputation that is known throughout the world. Many of Israel's physicians and health practitioners have emigrated from European and American countries and are well-trained and adept in Western medicine and procedures. Most Israeli medical practitioners put a high emphasis on further education, enabling them to become experts and super-specialists in their chosen medical fields.

Cost of Medical Treatments in Israel

The following are cost comparisons between Medical procedures in Israel and equivalent procedures in the United States and the UK
US Hospitals Israel Average Savings
Fertility Treatments
IVF Treatments $16,000 - $20,000 $5,000 - $6,000 68% - 70%
Medical Procedures
Heart Bypass $120,000 - $130,000 $20,000 - $35,000 73% - 83%
Hip Replacement $41,000 - $43,000 $35,000 - $40,000 6% - 14%
Bone Marrow Transplant $240,000 - $260,000 $100,000 - $120,000 53% - 58%
Knee Replacement $38,000 - $40,000 $20,000 - $30,000 25% - 47%
Eye Surgeries
Cataract Surgery $5,000 - $6,000 $3,500 - $4,000 30% - 33%
Plastic Surgery
Face Lift (rhytidectomy) $7,500 - $9,500 $6,500 - $7,500 13% - 21%
Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty) $5,000 - $8,000 $3,500 - $4,000 30% - 50%
Complete Liposuction (lipoplasty) $4,000 - $6,500 $2,000 - $3,000 50% - 53%
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) $5,500 - $6,500 $4,000 - $5,000 23% - 27%
Botox (Facial Region) $500 - $1000 $350 - $450 30% - 55%
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental Implants $3,000 - $4,000 $1,000 - $1,500 62% - 67%
UK Hospitals Israel Average Savings
Medical Procedures
Bone Marrow Transplant £140,000- £150,000 £60,000 -£70,000 53% - 57%
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Face Lift (rhytidectomy) £6,500 - £7,500 £4,000 - £4,500 38% - 40%
Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty) £3000 - £5000 £2,000 - £2,500 33% - 50%
Breast Reduction £3000 - £5000 £2,000 - £2,500 33% - 50%
Botox (Facial Region) £340 - £400 £250 - £350 10% - 40%
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental Implants £1800 - £2500 £600 - £1000 60% - 67%

Malpractice and Liability Laws in Israel

In Israel, a medical practitioner can be charged with malpractice if he or she has acted negligently during the treatment of a patient, or if he intentionally neglected to treat a patient. Several law firms in Israel have placed their focus in this growing field, as malpractice cases are much more complex and would require ample evidence and the backing of professional opinion before any claims compensation are awarded.

Patients requiring assistance for malpractice and liability claims in Israel, can seek the services of these professionals and law firms. They have ample experience and technical expertise in this field. Malpractice cases can also include diagnosis failures, misdiagnosis, failure to render the correct treatment, and unreasonable delay before treatment is rendered.


  • * Israel hosts some of the most highly qualified and experienced doctors and surgeons in the world.
    * The presence and availability of sophisticated medical technology, some of which were developed and perfected in Israel.
    * The leading hospitals offer world-class medical facilities and equipment
    * Compared to Western countries such as USA, United Kingdom and Germany,
       costs of medical treatment in Israel is relatively low.
    * English and Russian are widely spoken by medical personnel


  • * Prices of medical procedures are high compared to medical tourism destinations such as Asia and South America
    * The ongoing conflict with Palestine and other Arab countries is a cause of concern to tourists coming to Israel
    * Service levels at public hospitals are poor. Private rooms are scarce and the nurse/patient ratio is low compared to other medical tourism destinations in Asia.

Traveling to Israel

There are several major airline carriers traveling to Israel directly from all major cities in Europe and America. Most Arab countries do not have a direct flight to Israel, but can be reached through Amman, Jordan.

Average estimated travel time in hours

From/To Israel
Moscow 4
St. Petersburg 5
Bulgaria (Sofia) 2
Romania (Bucharest) 3
Cyprus (Nicosia) 1
Greece (Athens) 2
Jordan 1
UAE (Dubai) 3
Georgia (Tbilisi) 2
Ukraine (Kiev) 3
New York 12
Los Angeles 16
London 5

Entry and Exit Requirements to Israel

Israel has made arrangements and agreements with 65 countries whereby citizens from these countries will no longer require a visa to enter Israel. The only requirement is a valid passport.
Most African, Asian and Arab countries need to apply for a Visa through the Israeli embassy in their country.

Statistics of Medical Tourism in Israel

We have visited Israel in the last few years to avail themselves of the sophisticated healthcare and medical procedures that this country has to offer. In 2006, approximately 15,000 foreign nationals entered the country specifically for various medical treatments. Approximately 50% of these visitors were medical tourists from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Most of these patients came for medical procedures that were not available or were very expensive in their home countries, including heart surgeries, oncology and cancer treatments, bone marrow transplants and fertility treatments - Israel records the highest numbers of procedures performed compared to anywhere else in the world.

And 65% of medical visitors coming to Israel have undergone various medical treatments whilst the other 35% availed themselves of cosmetic and aesthetic surgeries and treatments.

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