Assistance Purchasing Rehabilitation Devices (Right)
From All Rights (Kol-Zchut) (www.kolzchut.org.il)
The Ministry of Health provides financial assistance towards the purchase of rehabilitation devices
The assistance is for 75% of the established price, according to the type of device
A Ministry of Health office should be contacted before purchasing a device
- The Ministry of Health provides financial assistance towards the purchase of rehabilitation, mobility (ambulatory) and walking devices; this page provides information about rehabilitation devices.
- The assistance is for 75% of the established price, according to two categories of devices:
- Devices for which a maximum sum has been established (which is not the full price of the device).
- Devices for which 3 price quotes must be obtained and the price will then be established according to the lowest quote.
- The recipient co-payment is 25% of the the price established by the Ministry of Health (except for cases in which an exemption is granted, as detailed below).
- For details regarding assistance from the Ministry of Health in financing additional devices, see:
Who is Eligible?
- Those with a permanent disability who require a mobility device and live in the community (meaning they are not hospitalized in any type of long-term/rehabilitation framework).
- Minors without legal status who have health insurance for non-resident children in Israel are entitled to the same assistance as minors who are residents.
Who is Not Eligible?
- Any of the following (due to the fact that they are eligible for assistance form another source):
- Recipients of the following benefits are exempt from paying a co-payment (relevant approvals and documentation regarding the benefits must be presented):
- Those who have financial difficulties may contact a Ministry of Health office social worker with proof of income for the applicant and his/her spouse (pay/pension/benefit slip, tax assessor statement for the self-employed, and any other required documentation).
- The social worker may increase the Ministry of Health contribution to up to 90% of the cost in the following cases:
- Another device was purchased the same year.
- There are other people in the applicant's family who are eligible for financial assistance towards purchasing a device.
- The applicant had other expenses related to the disorder in the same year for which no financial assistance from any source was received.
- The applicant's family is paying for another first degree family member to reside in an institutional arrangement.
List of Rehabilitation Devices
- The devices included in accordance with the third addendum to The National Health Insurance Law include:
- Hearing devices and F.M. devices for children up to 18 years old.
- Prosthetic eyes - For recipients of all ages. As of 2012, the funding is also given for scleral prostheses.
- Vision assistive devices (telescopic and microscopic eyeglasses) for children up to 18 years old.
- Contact lenses for children up to 18 years old in cases where eyeglasses are ineffective (including scleral contact lenses).
- Facial prosthetics - Including nose/ear/orbital
- Prosthetic breasts - One every two years
- Bra for prosthetic breasts - Provided one time only
- For more information, see the Ministry of Health procedures: Rehabilitation and Mobility Device Approval
How to Claim It?
- Applicants must see a relevant physician at the health plan (see below for details) in order to receive a recommendation.
- The following documents are required for the assistance request:
- For hearing devices - Referral from an ENT doctor and a recommendation from a communication clinician with an attached audiology test
- For vision assistive devices (including prosthetic eyes) - Recommendation from an ophthalmalogist
- For prosthetic breasts - Recommendation from a family doctor/internist/oncologist/surgeon
- Photocopy of ID (teudat zehut)
- The documents may be submitted to the Ministry of Health office by the health plan or by the patient/an authorized representative of the patient.
- The request, along with the required documentation, must be submitted to the devices coordinator in the department of protracted diseases and rehabilitation in the closest Ministry of Health office.
- The forms may be submitted during the department’s opening hours, by mail or by fax.
- A local committee will discuss each request which it is authorized to discuss (either approving or rejecting it), and a written response will be sent to the applicant.
- Instructions regarding the rest of the process will be detailed in the written response to those whose request has been approved.
- Those who receive approval of eligibility for independent purchase should provide the health office the following documents in order to receive reimbursement:
- The benefit approval
- Device receipt authorization form (signed)
- Original invoice and receipt
- Bank account details for those who have been approved to buy a device on their own (photocopy of a canceled check)
- Those whose application for assistance has been rejected may appeal the committee's decision.
- The appeal will be sent in writing through the Ministry of Health office.
- The hearing in the appeals committee will take place within 30 days of receiving the appeal and its processing by the Ministry of Health office.
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