Chronic Illness

Who is chronically ill according to the National Health Insurance Law? 

An individual is considered to be chronically ill if one of the following applies:

  • He/she receives a monthly maintenance dosage of at least one of the medications included on the list appearing here.
  • He/she has one of the illnesses listed here.
  • He/she does not meet one of the above criteria, but receives one drug or a group of therapeutic prescription drugs, which are not included in this list, continually for at least half a year.

 

As part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut, we are proud to have translated and published a comprehensive portal in English about chronic illness and chronically ill patients. For more information including the complete definition of chronic illness, listings of the included illnesses and medications, relevant benefits and specific information for various illnesses, check out:

The Chronic Illness Portal

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Home Care from the Kupat Cholim

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About this Benefit

All of the kupot cholim (health plans) offer home care services to patients who can’t get all of the medical services they need due to difficulty leaving the home. A full range of medical services are provided with home visits from doctors, nurses, and social workers, as well as paramedical providers, like physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and others.

Who is Entitled

Home care services are intended for patients who are confined to their homes temporarily or permanently due to their medical/physical condition and are not able to receive services in the kupat cholim branches.  For Example: 

  • Patients with chronic illness
  • Patients returning home after hospitalization
  • Oncology patients
  • The elderly

How to Get it

Individuals may be referred to the Home Care Unit (יחידה לטיפול בית or יחידה להמשך טיפול)  by hospital staff, a family doctor, local social services or by contacting the unit directly. Contact information can be obtained from your local branch secretary or your kupat cholim’s information hotline.

Cancer patients may be entitled to additional home care through the Israel Cancer Association. Click here for more information.

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