Should you become ill during the season, you must tell us! Team Members should notify their Area Supervisor and/or the Team Member Coordinator if they are too sick to work at the site. Your health and safety is our primary concern. Don’t hide out in your room without letting a staff member know how you are! Team Members must provide the Expedition with proof of medical insurance valid for travel to Israel. All medical costs incurred are the responsibility of the Team Member. You should bring all prescription drugs that you anticipate will be necessary. The pharmacies in Israel are well-stocked and you may purchase any over-the-counter medications you might need. But, because of our schedule, it will usually be inconvenient for you to get to a pharmacy. The two most common ailments in the course of a season are cough and diarrhea (until your system adjusts to the food and water), so we suggest that you bring cough and cold medicine and diarrhea medicine with you. Ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) or acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) can also come in handy.
There are clinics in several nearby towns for non-emergent medical problems (e.g. you get strep throat and need antibiotics). Tourists typically have to pay upfront to see the on-call doctor there and then, according to the instructions of your particular insurance, you will need to submit your payment information to your insurer for reimbursement. The cost can start from a couple hundred dollars and changes based on the situation, x-ray, lab test, etc. You may want to bring a credit card or extra cash that you save if such a need arises. Please review your insurance policy–remember, you must have insurance that is valid for travel in Israel–so you will know what to do if you need it. We hope to never use them, but in cases of complex injury or illness, we are located only a short drive from state-of-the-art hospitals in Jerusalem. Except in cases of genuine medical emergency, the Expedition cannot provide transportation to doctors, hospitals or pharmacies, or to banks or other local facilities.