- Online form to submit a complaint to the National Health Insurance Law Ombudsman (instructions of how to install required software appear on the website)
When necessary, health plan policyholders are entitled to receive the medical services included in the healthcare basket in accordance with the rules and conditions established in the National Health Insurance Law. When a health plan refuses to provide a service or medical treatment, the decision may be appealed to the following bodies:
- Health plan policyholders whose request for service has been rejected by the district doctor, who claim that the service is included in the basket, may submit a complaint to their health plan's ombudsman.
- Patients for whom a request has been rejected for a service they claim is in the healthcare basket may submit a complaint to the National Health Insurance Law ombudsman.
- Policyholders who require a service not included in the healthcare basket may contact their health plan's exceptions committee with a request to approve the required treatment ex gratia.
Who is Eligible?
- All health plan policyholders.
How to Claim It?
Appealing Non-Provision of Services for Treatments Included in the Healthcare Basket
- For more information on submitting an appeal to the health plan's ombudsman see Submitting a Complaint to the Health Fund.
- For more information on submitting an appeal to the National Health Insurance Law ombudsman see Submitting a Complaint to the National Health Insurance Law Ombudsman.
Appealing Non-Provision of Services for Treatments Not Included in the Healthcare Basket
- For cases in which the service, treatment or medication is not included in the healthcare basket, patients should contact their health plan's exceptions committee. For more information, Appealing to the Health Plan Exceptions Committee.
- Policyholders planning on utilizing the assistance of an attorney or legal representative when submitting a request to an exceptions committee must inform the committee of this.
- There is no hierarchy of the different bodies to which appeals may be submitted. Nonetheless, it is recommended to first contact the body responsible for handling complaints within the health plan, and only if that request is denied should an appeal be submitted to the National Health Insurance Law ombudsman.
- When appealing to these different bodies, claimants may receive free legal aid or legal aid at a nominal cost.
- The services included in the healthcare basket must be interpreted leniently in accordance with technological advances
- The fact that a specific treatment is not "life-saving" is not an excuse for the exceptions committee to justify refusing approval
- The Mazor Clinical Center - Providing legal advice regarding patients rights in Israel
- The Society for Patients Rights in Israel
- Haverim L'Refuah (Friends for Health) - Assistance in finding and purchasing medications
- Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
- The Dolev Foundation for Medical Justice
- Kivunim - Information Center for Patients and their Families
- For a comprehensive list of health and illness aid organizations
Laws and Regulations
- The National Health Insurance Law
- National Health Insurance Ordinance (Medications in the Healthcare Services Basket)
- Original information provided by Mazor Clinical Center - Providing Legal Advice Regarding Patients Rights in Israel.
- Original translation by AACI's Shira Pransky Project.