Dental care


This section provides details regarding the following basic dental care rights including the following:

  • Children’s dental care included in the health basket – The health basket includes dental care for children until the age of 10, as detailed in the Ministry of Health notice.
  • Dental care before a transplant or heart surgery
  • Dental treatment under full anesthesia – There are exceptional circumstances for which dental treatment under full anesthesia is included in the basket.
  • Dental care for oncological patients – The basket includes dental treatment according to conditions that have been defined.
  • Dental care for schoolchildren–  schoolchildren are eligible for special dental treatments.
  • Dental care for those hospitalized in mental health centers
  • Dental care for the needy and the elderly


Corporate Dental Care Provider – The Ministry of Health has published a document detailing the rules for recognition of a corporate dental care provider. Click here to view the detailed rules for a corporate dental care provider (Hebrew). 

 

Children’s Dental Care Included in the Health Basket

  • Click here to view a Ministry of Health notice regarding dental treatments for children (Hebrew).
  • The Ministry of Health has determined that children younger than 10 years old may not wait more than 14 days for treatment and no more than 10 days between treatments. Moreover, the health plan will prepare a dental treatment plan for the child. In addition, first aid centers for urgent treatment will be opened. Click here to download a Ministry of Health notice regarding guidelines for children’s dental treatments.
  • Click here to view a Ministry of Health notice regarding dental treatment for children younger than 10 years old  (Hebrew).

Budget transfer from health basket for children’s dental treatment

On June 17, 2009, the Society for Patients Rights contacted the deputy health minister in opposition to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance’s intention to transfer a portion of the additional budget designated for the medications basket in 2010 to children’s dental care. The Society accordingly requested from the Supreme Court that the state add the designated budget, but not at the expense of the health basket.

 

Click here to view the request letter regarding budget transfer from the health basket for children’s dental treatment (Hebrew). 


Dental Care before a Transplant or Heart Surgery 

The Ministry of Health requires that before a transplant or open heart surgery, the patient must undergo a comprehensive dental examination and treatment of all of the infections found in the patient, as well as preventive action against infections in the patient. Click here to view a Ministry of Health notice regarding dental care guidelines for organ and prosthetic heart valve implantation patients (Hebrew).

 

Dental Treatment Under General Anesthesia 

  • General anesthesia for dental treatment is included in the health basket only for cases in which the medical condition of the patient does not allow for dental treatment by any means other than general anesthesia, and this only refers to those with the following disabilities: cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, Down syndrome, mental illness, Ataxia Telangiectasia (AT) and severe heart conditions.
  • Click here to view a Ministry of Health notice regarding dental treatment under general anesthesia (Hebrew).
  • Click here to view a Ministry of Health notice regarding Ataxia Telangiectasia (AT) patients  (Hebrew).

Dental Treatment for Oncological Patients

  • Before chemotherapy/radiation treatment, the health plan will cover 50% of the preservative treatment and restorative treatment according to the rate of the health plan’s dental clinic network (herein – health plan rate).
  • After chemotherapy/radiation treatment, full coverage will be provided for the preservative treatment and restorative treatment according to the health plan rate.
  • After chemotherapy/radiation treatment in the head and neck area, full coverage will be provided for ancillary oral treatment, preservative treatment and restorative treatment, for a period of 60 months, according to the health plan rate. Preservative treatment and restorative treatment beyond this period will be given according to the health plan rate, to someone who is insured and to whom all of the following apply: (1) The patient received radiation therapy to the head and neck area during childhood due to a malignant disease, before or during development of permanent teeth; (2) The temporary and permanent teeth development was irreversibly damaged as a result of the radiation therapy; (3) The patient is younger than 30 years old.
  • Before surgical treatment of a tumor in the jaw area, full coverage will be provided for preservative treatment and restorative treatment according to the health plan rate.
  • After surgical treatment of a tumor in the jaw area, full coverage will be provided for preservative treatment and restorative treatment (including dentures) according to the health plan rate.

Dental Care for Schoolchildren

  • The purpose of the service is first and foremost to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Sealant treatment will be performed when appropriate.
  • An examination and x-rays will be performed according to need.
  • As part of the basket, removal of plaque and tartar will be performed, as well as fillings, extractions, pulpotomies, pulp capping, and prefabricated crowns.
  • Services which are not in the basket will not be given as part of the services. This includes root canals in permanent molars.
  • Click here to view a Ministry of Health notice about dental treatment for schoolchildren (Hebrew).
  • Contact the Society for Patients Rights or the Ministry of Health for more details about public dental services for schoolchildren.

 

Dental Care for Those Hospitalized in Mental Health Centers

  • The patient will be examined in the clinic and for purposes of diagnosis and a treatment plan. The following will be performed according to need: bitewing x-rays, periapical x-rays, panoramic x-ray, full mouth series x-ray.
  • The treatments must include instruction on maintaining oral and dental health, and maintenance of restorations.
  • The treatments basket includes all of the treatments detailed on the Ministry of Health’s price list.
  • The determined option of the rehabilitative treatment plan must be chosen.
  • Click here to view the Ministry of Health notice regarding dental treatment in centers for the mentally ill (Hebrew).
  • Click here for information regarding discounted dental treatment for people with mental retardation (Hebrew).

Dental clinics in mental institutions
– The hospitalizing institution is directly responsible for all costs of the dental clinic. The Ministry of Health will transfer payment for purchasing materials and payment for the laboratory to the institution after receiving the report and the receipt. 
  • Click here to view a Ministry of Health notice regarding dental clinics in centers for the mentally ill (Hebrew).

 

 


Dental care in community clinics for those who are rehabilitation basket eligible – Contribution towards financing oral and dental treatment for those with continued mental illness is considered part of the services basket according to the Rehabilitation of the Mentally Disabled in the Community Law, in order to enable dental treatment for people whom the treatment constitutes a part of their rehabilitation process. Treatment availability for these purposes depends on the Ministry of Health budget.  

 

  • Click here to view a Ministry of Health notice regarding dental care in community clinics for those who are rehabilitation basket eligible (Hebrew).

Dental Care for the Needy and Elderly

 

  • The Association for Oral Health Care allows patients confined to their homes to order a dentist and dental assistant to their home at a cost of only 135 NIS, plus treatment costs according to the needs.
  • Contact the Society for Patients Rights or the Ministry of Health for more information on this topic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Translated by The Shira Pransky Project