Assistance Purchasing Rehabilitation Devices (Right)

From All Rights (Kol-Zchut) (www.kolzchut.org.il)

Introduction:

The Ministry of Health provides financial assistance towards the purchase of rehabilitation devices
The assistance covers 75% of the cost of the device - each device having its own base cost
A Ministry of Health office should be contacted before purchasing a device
Within the expansion of The Healthcare Basket services for 2015, financing of devices for augmentative and alternative communication has been added
For more information, see "Assistance Funding Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Assistance Devices" on the Ministry of Health's English website

The Ministry of Health provides financial assistance towards the purchase of rehabilitation, mobility (ambulatory) and walking devices; this page provides information about rehabilitation devices.

Assistance Details

Who is Eligible?

  • Those with a permanent disability who require a mobility device and live in the community
  • According to a Supreme Court ruling, the state is obligated to finance those living outside of the home in a framework provided by the Welfare Ministry (see court rulings below.
  • 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?

Co-Payment Exemptions

  • Beginning on 01.04.2017, co-payments for breast prostheses and breast implants were canceled (without regard to income).
  • Regarding the rest of the rehabilitation devices, the following populations are exempt from co-payments:
  • The appropriate documentation proving each situation must be provided in order to receive the exemption.
  • 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 in the same year.
    • 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 a child or another first degree family member to reside in an institutional arrangement.

List of Rehabilitation Devices

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)

Appeals

  • 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.

Please Note

Aid Organizations

  • For a comprehensive categorized listing of aid organizations offering assistance and support in the realm of health and illness click here.

Government Agencies

Court Rulings

Laws and Regulations

Credits