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Medical Care Agreement Reached

Blue Cross-Blue Shield, the American health insurance corporation, has signed an agreement with the Herzliya Medical Center to cover the costs of hospitalization and treatment of American olim or American tourists who need medical attention while in Israel.

The agreement is reportedly the first of its kind with a foreign hospital since Blue Cross-Blue Shield signed an agreement with the American Hospital in Paris during World War II.

The agreement presently covers only subscribers from the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas but other regions are expected to be included later. The Herzliya Medical Center, founded three years ago, is staffed by 150 physicians who conduct their private practice at the center.