Jerusalem’s oldest and most affluent neighborhood is home to the country’s second largest Jewish population, and the city’s only hospital.
But many residents of nearby East Jerusalem are in desperate need of health care, and their health insurance is in shambles.
The problem is compounded by a lack of affordable coverage in the city, said Dr. Amir Orenstein, who heads the department of emergency medicine at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in East Jerusalem.
We have no coverage, he said.
It’s been two months and we haven’t gotten anything, Orensteins chief medical adviser for health insurance at Shaar Ein Kerem Hospital.
And we’re talking about our very best residents, he added.
The health insurance that residents of East Jerusalem have depends on the fact that the local municipality offers it.
The municipality covers health insurance to people over 60 and up to 350.
But that does not cover health care for people below that age.
To get affordable health insurance in the Jerusalem area, a Jewish community has to apply for coverage through the city and get a certificate from the municipality.
But this is extremely difficult for a lot of the younger residents who are not yet eligible for government subsidies or private health insurance.
In the city of Beit Jala, there are more than 100 hospitals.
But it’s not just the hospital that has an issue with the municipality’s insurance.
The municipality provides free medical insurance for its members but does not provide coverage for the hospitals themselves.
Residents of Beid Shemesh, for example, have to apply and get certificates from the hospital before they can get a health insurance policy.
And residents of Beida, where the municipality is located, cannot get health insurance through the municipality, according to Orense.
This has led to the shortage of doctors in the area, he noted.
Residents of East, and some of the West Bank, are covered by private health insurers that also have an issue, he told Al Jazeera.
But this is a very big problem, he continued.
What we don’t know yet is if this problem will get worse, and if there is a way to fix it.
The issue has been plaguing the city for a while, and it was brought to the attention of the Israeli government in 2015, after a young man from East Jerusalem, who had been hospitalized there, died.
The man, Mohammed Nasser, was a 25-year-old engineer who had spent time in the hospital and was looking for work.
His death was the reason why the Israeli cabinet approved a special legislation to extend health insurance and to provide better healthcare to East Jerusalemites.
Orenstein said it is likely that some of his patients will have to wait until they are 50 to get their insurance renewed.
“That will be an enormous burden for them,” he said, adding that many of the older residents of the area will not be able to renew their insurance when they reach 50.
Odenstein said that in the case of those who have reached their 50s, they will have no health insurance until they reach the age of 80, at which point they will be required to get health coverage through their municipality.
If that happens, Odenstein added, the residents of Jerusalem will likely end up paying much more for their health care than if they had the option of getting their insurance through private insurance.
A city that’s already struggling to copeWith the lack of insurance in East and West Jerusalem, Ostenstein said the municipality would be unable to provide enough doctors and specialists.
“It’s a big issue for the whole city,” he added, adding, “We will need more doctors.”
In the wake of the death of Nasser’s family, the government decided to provide health insurance coverage for a number of older residents.
The health insurance would be available to them for a period of two years, but it would expire after a period in which the municipality could collect a certain amount of revenue from the insurance.
However, this has proven difficult for residents of West Jerusalem.
“We don’t have enough doctors, we don,t have enough specialists, we have a shortage of the proper people to treat our people,” Orensten said.
Despite the crisis, Okenstein has not yet received a request from the government for more funding for the health insurance, and has not received any from the city.
Ostenstein explained that it was difficult to get the necessary funds for the plan.
He added that he has no idea how many patients he has to treat.
“We need more money to pay doctors and the specialists.
If we are not able to get more money, I will not continue,” he told the news agency.
“I will close the hospital down.
I will close all the hospitals.”