Thousands of patients in Israel today must personally and immediately finance special treatments, medication and urgent operations, all of which are not covered by public healthcare. Treatment costs can run to hundreds of thousands of shekels.
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Dafna was diagnosed 18 years ago with an auto-immune disease. Recently, her situation deteriorated and her digestive system stopped working. In order to save her life, her physicians recommend that she fly for diagnosis at the Mayo Clinic in the U.S.
The estimated cost is $250,000.
21-months old Liam was diagnosed upon birth with type-1 SMA, a rare and harsh degenerative disease. Liam cannot stand, crawl, walk or even raise his head. The only chance to save Liam's life is Zolgensma, a drug that would replace the defective gene in his body. The cost of the drug is $2.2 million.
18-months old Jude was diagnosed upon birth with type-1 SMA, a genetic and life-threatening disease. His only hope is Zolgensma, a drug recently-approved by the FDA, and which would replace the defective gene in his body. Cost: $2.5 million! The drug must be administered by the time Jude is two years old.
Two-year old Denis was diagnosed with SMA - a rare muscular dystrophy disease. Denis is unsable to talk or walk, nor hold up his head. Only Zolgensma, a gene-repairing medicine could save his life.
The medicine costs $2.5 million.
Rachel Peretz was diagnosed 11 years ago with myeloma cancer. Around one year ago, the cancer returned and she underwent treatment. Her physicians are now recommending she receive CAR T treatment to save her life. This is Rachel's last option.
The cost of the treatment is estimated at $100,000.
Keren Miriam, a mother of four, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2016. Two years later, growths were found in her bones, and her physican recommended a genetically-tailored examination and treatment. The cost of the exam is 9,900 Euros. The total estimated cost of the genetically-tailored treatment is 500,000 NIS.
Gadit was diagnosed 18 months ago with metastasized breast cancer. She underwent extensive chemotherapy and biological treatments. Recent tests demonstrate new and life-threatening growths. She was recommended a treatment in the U.S. with CAR-T. The estimated cost of this treatment is $250,000.
Prior to his enlistment to the Israeli Defence Force, 18-year old Gur Raphael was diagnosed last July with cancer in his eye socket.
His situation recently deteriorated and additional growths were found in his legs and hands. He was recommended Keytruda, a biological medicine not included in his health plan.
The estimated cost for the upcoming year is 360,000 NIS.
25-year old Hadas was born with nano metabolic syndrom. Her situation has currently deteriorated and requires surgety to rectify the problem. She was recommended a surgeon at the New York Presbytarian Hospital.
Her family must finance $250,000 of the total costs.
Six-year old Sivan was diagnosed with leukemia. She is waiting for a bone-marrow transplant, and in the meantime must receive Rydapt, an expensive medicine not included in her health plan.
The monthly cost of the medicine is estimated at 75,000 NIS a month.
Osnat Zohar Lahav, a 45 mother of two, was diagnosed with liver cancer, metastasized to her lungs.Her doctors recommend she begin treatment with Erbitux, a drug which isn't included in her drug basket, and therefore must be purchased privately.
The cost of her monthly treatment is 14,150 NIS!
23-year old Miri was diagnosed with metastasized liposarcoma. She underwent very difficult treatments, and her doctors currently believe that in order to save her life, she must receive two medicines that aren't provided by her HMO. Every cycle of treatment costs 160,000 NIS.
16-year old Lihi has been struggling with cancer since she was 13. The cancer struck both her eyes, and her doctors now claim that her the only option to save her eyes is by administering a medicine now provided by her HMO. The cost of the medicine is 40,000 NIS per month.
Ricky, only two years old, was born with severe defects in both her eyes. Her left eye has recently developed white scar tissue, which is causing her to turn blind in that eye. Ricky's parents were advised to urgently fly the child to the U.S. for an operation to save her vision.
The operation's cost is estimated at $18,790..
Orly Ferber, 38 mother of two needs an urgent, life-saving heart and liver transplant in the US. Such operations are impossible to undergo in Israel due to lack of local experience.
The cost of the operation is $694,000.
1 year old Josh and 2 year old Benny Landsman were born with Canavan disease, a devastating disease that effects the brain. They currently are unable to do any of the regular activities children their age can. They are undergoing extensive treatments and are supported by numerous supportive devices. They will be undergoing a first-of-its-kind brain surgery that is expected to respond to the lack of the enzyme in their brain, and give them a chance to live. We must reach the target of $150,000 in order to continue.
16-month-old baby Adele was born with a cancerous growth in her head. She requires expensive treatments costing tens of thousands of Shekels in order to save her life.
Yosef Shemesh, a 48-year old married father of two, was diagnosed 18 months ago with a rare type of lung cancer. Immunotherapy treatment greatly improved his condition, and his doctors have sent samples from his lung abroad for advanced genetic testing to match specific medicines to his condition.
The testing and matching are very expensive and must be done private. Their cost is 129,000 NIS.
Amit Mimran, 6 years old, was diagnosed two years ago with a rare cancer, retinoblastoma, in her left eye. Amit underwent chemotherapy, a series of operations and injections of chemio into her eye. She must now fly once again for treatment at the Memorial Hospital in the US. The cost of treatments is $100,000.
3.5 year old Kiril was diagnosed two weeks ago with glioma brain cancer, after losing weight and severe vomiting. Kiril is now fed via a zonda feeding tube in parallel to chemotherapy treatments, with the hope that he will gain weight. His doctors are recommending a life-saving treatment. The treatment is private and expensive: $100,000.
Eliahu Negel, a 61 year old veteran of the Israeli Defense Force, married father of 3, was diagnosed 8 months ago with ALS.
Eliahu arrived at hospital after losing sensations in his fingers. Since his diagnosis, his situation has deteriorated.
His doctors have recommended use of the drug Radicut, a medicine approved by the FA in the United States, but not included in the Israeli health basket. Eliahu must therefore purchase the medicine privately.
The cost of a 3-month treatment is 39,000 NIS.
Shani Magriso, 30 years old, was diagnosed in 2013 with a 14 cm large cancerous growth in her liver. Her left lobe was removed, she underwent a liver transplant as well as removal of infected lymph nodes. Six months later, the cancer returned. Despite all treatments, her condition worsened. She was recommended the drug Opdivo , which is expensive and isn't included in her health basket.
The monthly cost of Opdivo is 24,000 NIS.
Tsofia D., 41, was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer. Lately her situation has deteriorated and she's been recommended treatment with Ibrance (palbociclib).
The monthly cost of the medicine is estimated at 27,500 NIS per month.
David, 2 years old was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS).
His doctors now recommend he undergo an expensive and complex surgery to remove the infected muscle. The cost of this private operation is $45,000.
Malka Tsartakov, 5 years old, was diagnosed 8 months ago with a rare autoimmune disease that has left her with damaged cerebral and cognitive abilities. Malka was recommended neuro and movement therapy. Daily therapy lead to significant improvement after only two weeks. Malka's therapy is private and expensive, and she will be needing 500 treatments during the upcoming two years.
Anna Ponomarev, 21 years old, was diagnosed at the age of 21 months with sarcoma cancer. At the age of 15, the sarcoma returned and her right leg was amputated above her knee. Six months ago the sarcoma returned, this time to her jawbone. The drug Keytruda, not currently in her medical basket, was found to be very effective in treating her recurrent sarcomas condition, with an 80% estimated success rate.Treatment with Keytruda amounts to 16,800 NIS a month, which Anna has no way to fund.
Ronit was diagnosed in 2007 with breast cancer. Her children were recently transferred to her family, as she can no longer care for them due to her health and economic situation. The cancer has now reached her bones. According to her doctors, Ronit must be flown for life-saving treatment at a German medical center that specializes in cases like hers. The cost of treatment is 300,000 NIS.
Esther Zehavi, a 52-year old mother of a young girl, was diagnosed recently with intestinal cancer, which recently spread to her liver. Her doctors have suggested use of the biological drug 'Keytruda', which may save her life. The cost of the drug is 40,000 NIS per month. The treatment is recommended for six months.
Vered Birenbaum, a 5-year old mother of 4 from Modiin, was diagnosed in 2013 with stage 2 breast cancer. Following operations in Israel and abroad, Vered's life was saved.
Following surgery, Vered is now struggling with massive rehabilitation of her oral cavity, due to the extensive damage wrought on her teeth and gums. For this treatment, she needs 100,000 NIS.