Personal Preventive Medicine

The basket includes such services as:

  • Checkups and guidance for pregnant women
  • Tests for early detection of congenital diseases and birth defects
  • Immunization and developmental testing for infants and children
  • Health services for schoolchildren


These services are usually provided at family health stations (Tipat Chalav) or within the school framework. Some of the services entail a copayment.

Nursing Home Stay

This applies to patients who meet any of the following criteria:

  • health condition and functioning are poor due to a chronic disease or permanent disability
  • require hospitalization in a nursing home for skilled nursing care 24 hours a day
  • bedridden or confined to a wheelchair
  • need full or partial help in activities of daily living and cannot control their bodily functions


Patients are entitled to hospitalization in a nursing home with financial assistance from the Ministry of Health.

Eligibility for this service is conditional on the recognition of the person’s condition by the local health office of the Ministry of Health and on the availability of space based on the quota of nursing home beds determined in the Ministry of Health budget for that year. The service entails a co-payment by the hospitalized person and his family, based on income and financial capacity tests. The services are provided through the district/sub-district health office after determining eligibility for the service and according to the waiting list.

A nursing care patient who requires additional medical treatment – such as feeding by nasogastric tube; prolonged intravenous infusions; dialysis; treatment for severe pressure wounds; or chemotherapy for cancer patients – is defined as a “complex nursing patient.” This service is the responsibility of the health funds and entails a co-payment.

Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Hospitalization and clinic services for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Rehabilitation, walking and mobility accessories

The Ministry of Health assists with the funding of rehabilitation (e.g. various prostheses as well as vision or hearing accessories), walking and mobility accessories according to the criteria specified in the ministry’s procedures. The service is provided to the public via the district health offices.

Disabled persons who are workplace accident disabled, victims of hostilities, victims of the Nazis and Nazi persecution, or traffic accident disabled (from 1976 on), receive their assistance from other sources, and are therefore not eligible for assistance from the Ministry of Health.

For the list of devices and information on the funding policy, see Rehabilitation, Walking and Mobility Devices.

Mental Health Services

These services include emergency treatment and emergency room treatment, psychiatric hospitalization and outpatient care at general and psychiatric hospitals, ambulatory services at government mental health clinics, services at kindergartens for special needs populations and psychiatric rehabilitation services for patients referred by a regional rehabilitation board. Hospitalization services and clinic services are also provided for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

For more information on mental health care and the ongoing transition of many responsibilities to the Kupat Cholim, see Mental Health Care Rights.