Magen David Adom ambulances 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A fund established by Magen David Adom last year to cover costs for Holocaust
survivors in need of ambulatory services has succeeded in providing survivors
with significant help, the organization said on Monday as part of Holocaust
Remembrance Day commemorations.
Standard health insurance covers some
ambulance expenses, but not cases that are not considered
Israeli law prohibits MDA from providing free services,
spurring the establishment of a fund to help this aging, unique
About 192,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel today, but
some 1,000 die each month. Many cannot afford the charge for elective trips to
hospitals, health clinics, National Insurance Institute offices and other
MDA said that in the year that has elapsed since the fund
was established, dozens of survivors submitted applications for financial
The organization’s “Friends” association in France set up the
fund, which reimburses survivors according to set criteria. MDA’s “Friends”
association in Britain also participates in the effort.
Dr. Lazar Kaplan,
president of the French branch, said that he regarded the project as very
important and thanked the donors who care about the welfare of survivors.