Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Shaban reimbursements

Recently one my kids needed a medical procedure done.  I had it done via a privately engaged doctor (Sharap) with the intention of getting remimbursed by Macabi Zahav.

Two interesting things about the reimbursement:  a)  the amount that Zahav is willing to pay is significantly less than what the doctor required.  b) Zahav is willing to pay for the anaesthesiologist, but the private doctor in this case was not willing to provide a separate receipt indicating what the anaesthesiologist was being paid.  In total, the reimbursement was left than 50% of the total cost of the procedure.

A separate complaint:  Zahav's policy currently is that they will not reimburse sharap for doctors who are part of the Macabi network.  Thus, if you want to go private, you cannot use your regular doctor.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Einot Tzukim

Einot Tzukim is a nature reserve on the highway towards Ein Gedi.  Three areas:  main one is some man-made swimming holes.  Second area is accessible only as part of a guided tour.  There is also an entirely closed off section of the reserve.

The second area is the one that is interesting.  There are pools created by rainwater that runs off from Jerusalem and also an ecosystem of reeds, palm trees and other flora and fauna.  Some of the animals are said to be unique to the area.  We saw a particular type of Amnon fish in a shallow pool.  The guide also described unique cicadas, ants, and a particular kind of bird.  We did not see these however.

The reserve used to include the edge of the Dead Sea, but the sea has vastly receded in recent years. The pools themselves are moving location to the changes to the Dead Sea topography.