Health services for which the Ministry of Health is responsible

Personal Preventative Medicine

  • The basket includes such services as: follow-up and guidance for pregnant women; immunization and developmental testing for infants and children; tests for early detection of congenital diseases and birth defects; health services for schoolchildren; dental examinations and routine checkups.
  • These services are usually provided at family health centers (well-baby clinics) or within the school framework.
  • Some of the services entail a co-payment.

Nursing Home Stay

  • Patients whose health condition and functionality are poor due to a chronic disease or permanent disability and who require hospitalization in a nursing home with professional nursing supervision 24 hours a day and who are bedridden or confined to a wheelchair, or who need full or partial help for daily activities and cannot control their bodily functions, are entitled to hospitalization in a nursing home with financial assistance from the Ministry of Health.
  • Eligibility for this service is conditional on the recognition of the person's condition by the local health office of the Ministry of Health and on the availability of space based on the quota of nursing home beds determined in the Ministry of Health budget for that year. The service entails a co-payment by the hospitalized person and his/her family, based on income and financial capacity tests. The services are provided through the district/sub-district health office, after determining eligibility for the service and according to the waiting list.
  • A nursing care patient who requires additional medical treatment such as feeding by nasogastric tube; prolonged intravenous infusions; dialysis; treatment for severe pressure wounds; or chemotherapy for cancer patients is defined as a "complex nursing patient." This service is the responsibility of the health plans and entails a co-payment.

Mental Health Services

These services include emergency room services; psychiatric hospitalization and day hospitalization in a psychiatric or general hospital; outpatient services in a government mental health clinic; services in a therapeutic facility for persons with special needs; and psychiatric rehabilitation services for those referred by the district rehabilitation committee.

Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Hospitalization and clinical services for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Rehabilitation, Walking and Mobility Devices

  • The Ministry of Health assists in funding the cost of rehabilitation, walking and mobility devices based on criteria established in the ministry guidelines. The service is provided to the public through the health offices.
  • Disabled individuals who were injured in work accidents, hostile acts, the IDF, road accidents (from 1976 onwards) or as a result of Nazi persecution, receive assistance from other sources; therefore they are not entitled to assistance from the Ministry of Health.
  • Below is the list of devices for which the Ministry of Health shares the cost:
  1. Rehabilitation devices – Prosthetic breast, nose and ears; hearing aids for children up to age 18; low vision aids such as telescopic and microscopic eyeglasses, for children up to age 18; special contact lenses for children unable to wear eyeglasses; and prosthetic eyes.
  2. Mobility devices – Manual wheelchairs, buggies, motorized chairs; commodes; special cushions for wheelchairs; inserts; manual and electric fowler and hi/low beds; electric air mattresses to prevent pressure wounds; home lifts (hydraulic or mechanical); reverse walkers, walkers, forearm walkers and forearm crutches.
  3. Walking devices and prosthetic limbs – Orthoses (for walking); prosthetic limbs; cosmetic glove for artificial hand; special medical shoes; prosthetic socks.
  4. Additional devices for recipients of government allowances – Regular walkers; all types of walking canes; sponge cushions and mattresses to prevent pressure wounds.

Scope of Ministry of Health participation in the cost of rehabilitation and mobility devices

  • The Ministry of Health funds 75% of the fixed price for a device, according to the following:
                    1.  The maximum price of the device as set by the Ministry of Health.
                    2.  The lower of three price quotations.

  • For further clarification of the right to receive medical services for which the Ministry of Health is responsible and the terms of payment for these services, contact your local district health office directly. Click here for a list of the district health offices.





Translated by The Shira Pransky Project