The Ministry of Health assists in funding the cost of rehabilitation, walking and mobility devices for persons with a permanent disability based on criteria established in the ministry procedures. The service is provided to the public through the health offices.
People with disabilities who receive assistance from another source, including: Disabled IDF and Ministry of Defense veterans, victims of hostilities, work-related accident victims, road accident victims from 1975 onwards, and victims of Nazi persecution are not entitled to assistance from the Ministry of Health. People with disabilities who are hospitalized in nursing homes or in facilities of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services (retirement homes) are only entitled to funding towards the cost of walking devices and artificial limbs.
The amount the Ministry of Health funds 90% of the cost of mobility devices, 75% of the cost of rehabilitation devices, and the contribution towards the cost of walking devices varies, all vased on the maximum price set by the Ministry of Health or by using the lower of three price quotes. A citizen who has difficulty in financing his part of the purchase can apply to the social worker at the health office, who is authorized to reduce the amount of the co-payment. For links that detail further information, see the “More Information” section at the bottom of this page.
Prior to the purchase, it is important to consult with the responsible official in the health office for help with applying for funding. Some or all of the following documents may be required:
Additional documents will be requested, when necessary.
Note: It is recommended that individuals consult with the district health office before starting the process of purchasing an item.
The Ministry of Health contributes towards the cost of repairing motorized mobility devices after the supplier’s warranty expires.
Note: We always aim to provide the most updated information available, though the Ministry of Health may update its information from time to time and this is always first reflected on their Hebrew website.
For more details, see Assistance Funding Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Assistance Devices on the Ministry of Health’s English website, or the following pages we translated as part of our collaboration with Kol-Zchut:
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