Consulting with Rabbi Shalom Cohen ZT”L

How Much Does Psychiatric Treatment Cost?

A Standard Initial Evaluation generally lasts 45-60 Minutes and costs 2,000 NIS ($600 USD).

Follow Up Visits usually cost 1,250 NIS ($400 USD). Dr. Freedman may offer a “sliding scale” under certain circumstances for ongoing psychiatric care of established patients.

Written Reports, Phone Sessions, and Other Services (e.g. formal letters and family meetings) are billed at an hourly rate (2,000 NIS/hour or $600/hour).

Payment for initial visits should be done in advance via Israeli Bank Transfer or PayPal. Payment for subsequent treatment is expected at the time of the visit and can be made with cash, checks, or major credit cards.

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Is Psychiatric Treatment Covered by Insurance?

Some American Healthcare Insurers (e.g. BCBS) may cover a portion of treatment.  Patients may ask for a receipt to submit to their insurance company.  This can require additional paperwork to be filed and must be discussed during session.

In Israel, treatment may be reimbursed. Some Kupot (e.g. Leumit) are more receptive than others.

Is there a Fee for Cancellation of Visits?

Cancelling less than 3 full business days in advance (e.g. a minimum of 72 hours or more) will result in the patient being charged the full fee for the service. This is because the time has been reserved and it will be difficult to fill the slot with another patient.

Does Dr. Freedman work with Children and Adolescents?

In general, Dr. Freedman does not work with individuals under the age of 16. All evaluations for individuals 18 and under begin with a family consultation involving the prospective patient’s parents or legal guardians. During this meeting, further details regarding treatment will be discussed.

Should I Prepare Anything for my First Appointment?

New patients are encouraged to send along any relevant medical records in advance of their consultation. They are also asked to print and fill out the attached form to provide Dr. Freedman with information regarding their medical and psychiatric history. Once filled out, this form can be scanned and emailed to Dr. Freedman.

What should patients do in case of an emergency?

In case of a psychiatric emergency (e.g. when safety concerns have been raised), patients and their loved ones are instructed to contact Emergency Services (e.g. 911) and to go directly to the nearest Emergency Room. Outpatient clinics have limitations. Therefore, please note that Dr. Freedman may not be able to return your call immediately and therefore emergency services should be utilized as a primary resource.

Is Dr. Freedman available for Clinical Supervision and Teaching?

Yes. Dr. Freedman has served as an award-winning teacher at both Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine. Direct clinical supervision can be arranged on an hourly basis.

Where is Dr. Freedman’s Office Located?

Dr. Freedman’s office is conveniently located in central Jerusalem at 27 Keren HaYesod Street between Abraham Lincoln and George Washington Streets and opposite from The Bank of Jerusalem. The office is on the ground floor (just a few steps down in the main entrance) on the left-hand side and new patients should enter and take a seat in the waiting room. Public transportation is available by city bus lines and there is street parking available nearby often on Lincoln or Washington Streets.

Is Dr. Freedman available as a Public Speaker?

With pleasure. Dr. Freedman is available to lecture or to speak on behalf of non-profits, businesses, and religious/educational institutions. Topics range from Jewish History to Medical Ethics, Mental Illness, and many subjects in between. The scope of the talk depends on the wishes of the particular organization and whether the goal is inspirational, educational, or for fund-raising and other purposes.

Dr. Freedman has spoken at a wide variety of events and for many organizations — both in America and Israel — including but not limited to:

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