The following page gives a general explanation of the most basic Israeli healthcare rights, including the National Health Insurance Law, the “Healthcare Basket” concept, and which healthcare services are provided by whom.
For more detailed information about specific rights and services, please visit The Healthcare Basket Portal we translated as part of our collaboration with Kol-Zchut.
In 1994, the Knesset passed the National Health Insurance Law which basically put into place the current Israeli healthcare system based on the following principles:
The healthcare basket includes all the services, medications, supplies and medical equipment that the insured is entitled to receive according to the National Health Insurance Law. It was originally determined based on the health services that were provided by the Ministry of Health and the Clalit health fund as of January 1, 1994 and has been regularly updated by the Ministry of Health, on the basis of recommendations by a public committee.
The healthcare basket is provided to the insured
subject to the conditions set forth in the law and its regulations.
The National Health Insurance Law describes the following fields of service to be included in the healthcare basket for which the health funds are responsible:
There are several health services that, as of now, have not been transferred to the health funds and remain the responsibility of the state:
See Also: Ministry of Health Responsibilities for Providing the Health Basket
This information was translated and adapted as part of a collaboration with The Society for Patients’ Rights in Israel.