On my first full day in Israel (Tuesday), I took care of enrolling for the government’s free health insurance. They have four plans; I asked around and was told Mccabbee was best; that it’s run like an HMO, and you can go to private (participating) doctors’ offices instead of socialized-y like clinics.
So, I had to go the the post office to get a piece of paperwork. Paid a small fee of 14.5 sheckels ($3.54) for that. Then, walked over to Mccabbee. Had to wait about 45 minutes. They had TV on in the background. A news program came on, and I saw Hillary Clinton just arrived for her first official visit as Secretary of State to Israel. That’s some entourage I got! (Pic is blurry, b/c I had to take it all stealth-like. You know, people could object to me just whipping out the cam for a shot.)
In all seriousness, seeing Hill on TV comforted me a little. Like a little piece of home +/or she came all this way just to make sure I was OK.
Also, more free stuff: Not only did I get my Mccabbee insurance card, but also a free first aid kit. Yay!
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