Social security agreement
A social security agreement has been concluded between Israel and Finland covering national and survivors´ pension as well as child benefit and maternity grant. With respect to posted employees, the agreement also applies to health insurance and parental benefits. An employee who is posted from Finland to Israel and who is accompanied by family members remains covered under Finnish legislation and is entitled to all Finnish health insurance benefits.
The agreement between Finland and Israel does not cover the provision of medical care for a Finn staying temporarily in Israel.
Healthcare and medical care
When moving to Israel, foreign citizens can apply for membership of a health insurance fund. In general, the healthcare system in Israel is of a high standard. The network of hospitals and health centres is extensive. Many doctors have also studied abroad, and usually speak English. Specialist services are comprehensively available.
If necessary, you can request a doctor to come to your hotel. In emergencies, you can to directly to a hospital´s emergency room.
When travelling to Israel, you should take out comprehensive travel insurance.
In Israel, the number of dentists in relation to the population is high. The majority practise privately. Health insurance funds do not usually cover dental care for residents in Israel. Residents can, however, purchase supplementary insurance through which dental services can be obtained without charge or at a reduced fee. The range of specialist dental services is comprehensive.
Pharmacies are well stocked and widely available in Israel. There are also pharmacies on duty for emergencies in large towns.