Health Plan and/or Ministry of Health Funding
Health Plan Funding of Hearing Devices – Eligibility for anyone who is insured
Anyone who is insured by a health plan is eligible for a health plan contribution towards the purchase of a hearing device.
Accurate as of August 2010, the health plan contribution is a total of 851 NIS per year per ear. Click here for updated information regarding this rate.
Health Plan Funding of Hearing Devices – Eligibility for those who are age 65 and above
The health plan contribution is a total of 3,000 NIS towards a device for each ear, once every three years. Click here to see page 2 of the Ministry of Health notice regarding additions to the basket for the year 2011.
Ministry of Health Funding of Hearing Devices – Children under the age of 18
Children with hearing impairments are entitled to a contribution from the Ministry of Health towards the purchase of a hearing device.
Click here for information regarding the guidelines for a Ministry of Health contribution towards the purchase of hearing devices for children under the age of 18 (Hebrew).
Cochlear implant surgery is included in the health basket for children and adults.
Additionally, maintenance and care of wear to the cochlear implant, including the battery, is included in the basket.
The health plans are responsible for providing supplies for the appliances. Click here to download a Ministry of Health notice regarding supplies (Hebrew).
for additional information regarding cochlear implants on the Abiliko website (Hebrew).
Click here for additional information on the Bekol website.
Assistance in the educational system for students with hearing impairments
Student with hearing impairments are entitled to receive assistance in the educational system.
The following services are included:
Training and instruction for the school integrating the student, as well as instruction for the classmates, if required.
Preparing the school classroom acoustically.
Integration plan according to the integration committee decision.
Additional tutoring / speech therapy sessions.
Different diagnostic testing.
Unique programs suited for students with hearing impairments.
Accommodation in school examinations and matriculation examinations.
Borrowing of amplifier devices.
Training and advising for parents; individual support.
Click here for a Ministry of Health notice regarding referral and treatment of children with speech fluency disorder (stuttering) (Hebrew).
Click here to view the Ministry of Health’s position paper regarding preliminary treatment intervention for children with hearing impairments (Hebrew).
Eligibility for Additional Health Services (Shaban)
The health plans’ Additional Health Services (Shaban) include an additional contribution towards the purchase of hearing devices and it is recommended to clarify this eligibility with the health plan.
Click here for more details regarding the rights of the hearing impaired and the deaf (Hebrew).
Click here to view Galit Ovadia’s seminar work, “The Rights of the Hearing Impaired in Israel to
Translation and their Role as Interpreters for the Hearing Impaired” (Hebrew).
Click here for a list of non-profit organizations for the hearing impaired (Hebrew).
Translated by The Shira Pransky Project