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 does include provisions on the provision of medical care when the person resides in the other country party to the agreement on a temporary basis.
Healthcare and medical care
Everyone living in Israel must join a health insurance fund no later than six months after moving to the country. In general, the healthcare system in Israel is of a high standard. The network of hospitals and health centres is extensive. Many doctors also have studied abroad and usually speak English. Specialist services are comprehensively available. Pharmacies are well stocked and widely available. There are also pharmacies on duty for emergencies in large towns.
When travelling to Israel, you should take out comprehensive travel insurance.
The website of Israel´s Ministry of Health provides information on the cost of public healthcare for foreigners. The services are usually more expensive than for the local residents. If necessary, you can request a doctor to come to your hotel. In emergencies, you can to directly to a hospital´s emergency room.
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.
Sources: Embassy of Finland, Tel Aviv, Ministry of Health of Israel, the Israel Ministry of Tourism.