You may be eligible to receive discounts on purchasing glasses from your kupat cholim if you are a member of their additional health service plans. All of the kupot cholim have agreements with specific stores, or their own stores, where the discounts they offer are available. Be sure to ask the secretary at your local clinic, or the information hotline to locate a participating store. You will also have to fulfill the eligibility requirements to get your discount. We have summarized the discounts and conditions below, but be sure to check your eligibility directly with the kupat cholim.
Adults with the following diagnosed vision problems are entitled to partial coverage for the cost of plastic glasses lenses or contact lenses. Children are eligible for these same benefits, or a blanket discount of up to 600 NIS for one pair of frames and lenses per year without specific diagnosis requirements.
Members are eligible for any discounts available to gold members. In addition, Sheli members who need glasses are entitled to a 50% discount on the purchase of eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses at participating stores. This discount can be used on multiple purchases over 3 years until reaching a ceiling of 1,002 NIS discounted (total purchase cost of 2,004 NIS). The full discount credit is renewed every 3 years. This discount cannot be combined with the discount on plastic glasses lenses available for the specific conditions listed above, but the member may choose which benefit to receive.
Click here for full details in Hebrew on the Maccabi website.
Children up to age 18 are entitled to purchase prescription glasses once a year costing up to NIS 700 with a co-payment of 10%. When the glasses cost more than NIS 700, members pay the difference plus 70 shekels.
Adults 70 years and older are eligible for the same discount as children for regular glasses or a discount on multifocal or bifocal glasses up to a ceiling of 1,200 NIS with a co-payment of 10% once every two years. When the multifocals or bifocals cost more than 1,200 NIS, members pay the difference plus 120 NIS.
Click here for full details in Hebrew on the Meuhedet website.
Adults are are eligible for up to 70% total discounts on frames and lenses on purchases made at participating stores. Prices are determined based on the specific frame and lens choice. Children are eligible for free glasses ((frame, optical lenses and anti-reflex coating) up to 650 NIS ceiling with a 21 NIS co-payment.
Children up to age 18 are entitled to a discount on glasses up to 600 NIS once per calendar year. If the cost exceeds 600 NIS the member pays the difference. The benefit includes checking eyesight and glasses (frame, optical lenses and anti-reflex coating). Alternatively, you can use this benefit for the purchase of contact lenses.
Click here for full details in Hebrew on the Clalit website.
If one has BOTH nearsightedness AND astigmatism do you get both discounts or only one? Trying to figure out how much longer I have to save up for a very complex prescription with high numbers.
Thank you for your inquiry via our website, regarding your question, coverage is dependent upon your Kupa and level of coverage.
In terms of coverage for basic plans, please see the Kol Zchut page http://www.kolzchut.org.il/en/Blindness_and_Visual_Impairment
About vision impairment, depending on the severity of your prescription you may be able to access more coverage.
Wishing you best of luck
Do you know of hearing aid discounts
In terms of discounts for hearing aides, here is a link to an article on hearing devices.
Additionally, here is a page on Kol zuchut regarding hearing and deafness.
Best of luck,