Eligibility for anyone who is insured
Anyone who is insured by a Kupat Cholim is eligible for a Kupat Cholim contribution towards the purchase of a hearing device.
Accurate as of August 2010, the Kupat Cholim contribution is a total of 851 NIS per year per ear.
Eligibility for those who are age 65 and above
The Kupat Cholim contribution is a total of 3,000 NIS towards a device for each ear, once every three years.
Eligibility for Additional Health Services (Shaban)
The Kupat Cholim’s Supplementary Health Services (Shaban) include an additional contribution towards the purchase of hearing devices and it is recommended to clarify this eligibility with the Kupat Cholim.
Children under the age of 18
Children with hearing impairments are entitled to a contribution from the Misrad Habriut towards the purchase of a hearing device.
Cochlear implant surgery is included in the health basket for children and adults.
Additionally, maintenance and care of wear to the cochlear implant, including the battery, is included in the basket.
Assistance in the educational system for students with hearing impairments
Student with hearing impairments are entitled to receive assistance in the educational system.
The following services are included:
- Training and instruction for the school integrating the student, as well as instruction for the classmates, if required.
- Preparing the school classroom acoustically.
- Integration plan according to the integration committee decision.
- Additional tutoring / speech therapy sessions.
- Different diagnostic testing.
- Unique programs suited for students with hearing impairments.
- Accommodation in school examinations and matriculation examinations.
- Borrowing of amplifier devices.
- Training and advising for parents; individual support.
This information was translated and adapted from content provided by The Society for Patients’ Rights in Israel.
Rehabilitation, Walking and Mobility Devices
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:
- Medical report signed by a doctor.
- Letter of recommendation of a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist from the insuring health fund.
- Children’s special education institutions should also attach the recommendation of a physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
- Functional nursing care report signed by a nurse and social welfare report signed by a social worker.
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.
Repair of devices:
The Ministry of Health contributes towards the cost of repairing motorized mobility devices after the supplier’s warranty expires.
List of devices
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.
- Hearing aids for children up to age 18
- Low vision aids, such as telescopic and microscopic eyeglasses, for children up to age 18
- Special contact lenses for children unable to wear eyeglasses
- Prosthetic breast (and first bra), eyes, nose and ears
- Manual wheelchairs, buggies, motorized chairs
- Special cushions for wheelchairs
- Manual and electric fowler and hi/low beds
- Electric air mattresses to prevent pressure wounds
- Home lifts (hydraulic or mechanical)
- Reverse walkers, walkers, forearm walkers and forearm crutches
Walking devices and prosthetic limbs
- Orthoses (for walking)
- Prosthetic limbs
- Cosmetic glove for artificial hand
- Special medical shoes
- Prosthetic socks
Additional devices for recipients of (government) allowances
- Regular walkers
- Various types of walking canes
- Sponge cushions and mattresses to prevent pressure wounds
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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