Women are entitled to have up to four IVF treatment cycles included in the healthcare basket for their first and second children and up to eight treatment cycles over the course of two years with district committee approval. For more information on rights related to IVF and fertility treatment in general, check out our All Rights Index (which is searchable and browseable), especially the Fertility Treatments Portal and the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) page.
Not sure what to expect in terms of the IVF treatment process? The Ministry of Health has produced the following informational videos with English subtitles to explain how the process works and what steps are involved in terms of preparation, treatment and follow-up:
A detailed review given by a doctor and a nurse regarding the entire in-vitro fertilization process, including chances for success and possible risks.
A detailed explanation given by a doctor and a nurse regarding the hormone treatment procedure, the treatment protocol, and the method of hormone injection.
A detailed description of the ovum (egg) retrieval procedure, performed under general anesthesia, and the procedure of obtaining sperm until the egg and sperm are transferred to the lab.
Fertilization of the egg and the sperm in the lab using the appropriate method, while ensuring correct identification, sterilization, and strict work procedures.
A description of the embryo transfer procedure. This movie includes a discussion regarding the number of the transferred embryos and details of the continued hormonal treatment.
The pregnancy test performed after embryo transfer, description of the continued hormonal support in cases with a resulting pregnancy, and possible courses of action in unsuccessful cases.
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This is all great information and very informative, but what about for women over 45 who have to have egg donors? Can you explain this procedure? How much does it cost? How much do the Kupat Holim pay towards this? What if you’re single and need a sperm donor as well?
Hi Darryl. Thanks for your question. Women ages 18-54 who cannot become pregnant due to a medical problem and there is medical justification for egg donation are entitled to undergo the egg donation process. The procedures are covered as part of the healthcare basket (in accordance with the conditions of eligibility), though there is a 10,000 NIS cost to be paid to the hospital that approved the procedure, most of which is used as compensation to the egg donor. Some supplemental insurance plans provide expanded coverage with regard to these types of procedures and they should be contacted directly for specific details. The cost of sperm bank services, including the purchase, are not included in the health basket, and the health plans do not pay for the cost of the donations. For more information on all of these procedures, see the Fertility Treatments section on the Ministry of Health’s English website.