Studying Abroad with Crohn's - Help?! Advice!?

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   Posted 7/21/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
(I realize I'm posting it twice, but only like three people looked at the last one in as many hours, so I figured I needed a flashier subject heading)

Hey guys,

I'm going to Israel in a couple weeks for a semester-abroad program in Jerusalem. I was wondering if somebody could let me know about the medical situation there; I really don't know what to expect and I'm a little nervous. I figure since it's a Jewish country and Crohn's is a Jewish disease they'll have a good idea how to handle my case should anything happen, is this true?

I know that I should come with all the medications I need, but will I be okay in an emergency? What about pain medication - I don't know if doctors feel comfortable prescribing in bulk (especially to an 18 year old) - will I be able to get it there?

Is there anything else I should know? I'm really nervous, and could really use the advice. I've barely been away from home before.


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   Posted 7/22/2008 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried talking with the Israeli Embassy staff in your country? They might be able to advise you.
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   Posted 7/22/2008 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
ps. Bear in mind that this is the middle of the night, US time, and a very quiet time on the forums. You should get more answers in six or seven hours, when the Americans wake. For the time being you're stuck with me, an Australian who knows nothing about the health care system in Israel.
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   Posted 7/22/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
If it's a study abroad program then the proper staff should be available to speak to before you leave, and then there should be people you have access to once you arrive there. I can't think that the health of their students wouldn't be a high priority so I'm sure if you just ask in the study abroad programs offices they will be able to direct you to the right places.
Not only that but I know that there are really great hospitals in that area, and virtually everyone speaks English. I have a friend from Israel and, political strife excluded, it's not so very different from here. I'm sure you'll be fine if you just ask.

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   Posted 7/22/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
all I can say is make sure your drugs are cleared
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   Posted 7/22/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I am also studying abroad, but I am going to England. I have let the program advisors know that I have Crohns and I have also set up an apointment with a GI when I get there as I need to recieve treatment in the hospital on a regular basis. I am also worried about what could happen in an emergency, expecailly since it seems I am in the middle of a flare, or have some other wierd thing wrong with me. My advice is to let the program know that you are sick and check to make sure that you can get your meds in Isreal.

Good Luck! Let us know how you are doing.
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