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The Emergency Medicine Department (ER)

The Emergency Medicine Department is the largest of its kind for children up to age 18 in Israel and serves as the hub at Schneider Children’s. The medical team treats all pediatric emergencies whether illness or trauma, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and is highly experienced in responding to the special needs of children and their parents. The department aims to minimize the need for hospitalization as far as possible.

Director of the Department
Dr. Ron Berant

Location: 2nd Floor
Tel: 972-3-9253656
Reception: 972-3-9253777
Fax: 972-3-9210653

Deputy Director

Dr. Lisa Amir

Senior Physicians

Dr. Dana Harel Singer
Dr. Meirav Mor - Director of the Infectious Diseases Service
Dr. Eran Mashiach
Dr. Rama Schwartz
Dr. Arnon Yaari

Head Nurse

Ilanit Poznansky

Medical Services

When you arrive at the ER and before you register at reception, a receiving nurse will meet you to check the child in order to assess the level of emergency. The nurse will stipulate the appropriate treatment track:

The Green Track
For children who can walk on their own and do not require a bed or immediate treatment such as lacerations

The Red Track
For children who require comprehensive care and are unable to walk

The Blue Track
For children in critical condition who require resuscitation. The ER has 4 resuscitation stations and conducts about 1000 such procedures every year.

The ER includes an observation section for children awaiting admission, and those under observation prior to discharge.

Payment Exemptions

The visit is free of charge if the child is referred by a physician or arrives with a payment guarantee.
If the child arrives without a referral letter, and is subsequently hospitalized, the visit is free of charge.
If the child arrives without a referral letter and is discharged, a fee will be levied, except in the following cases:

  • New fracture
  • Severe dislocation of the shoulder or elbow
  • Injury requiring stitches or similar treatment
  • Foreign body inhalation
  • Malignancies
  • Hemophilia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • MDA ambulance arrival following sudden trauma
  • Infants under 2 months for sudden high fever (over 38.5)
  • Dialysis patients
  • Injuries resulting from family violence or sexual abuse

After-Hour Referrals

Children arriving on weekdays between 19:00-07:00, and the Sabbath and holiday eves from 12:00-07:00, will be exempt from payment in the following cases:

  • Urine retention requiring catheter insertion
  • Asthma attack
  • Epileptic attack
  • TIA (transient ischemic attack or stroke) event requiring admission
  • Animal bite or attack
  • Medication or chemical substance poisoning
  • Heavy nosebleeds or hemorrhaging  from the digestive tract
  • Syncope (loss of consciousness)
  • Burns of any type and severity


The Ministry of Health stipulates payment tariffs for the ER as follows:
176 shekels – for an unauthorized visit between 01:00-06:00
176 shekels – for an unauthorized visit between 06:00-01:00 without a doctor’s referral letter in cases where, retroactively, it appears that the visit was justified from a medical standpoint
750 shekels – for an unauthorized visit between 06:00-01:00 without a doctor’s referral letter
Additional information: Clalit fees (download)


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