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 of each device, 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
- 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?
- Work accident victims
- Victims of hostile acts
- Disabled IDF veterans
- Road accident victims since 1975
- Holocaust survivors receiving a pension from the Ministry of Finance
- Those disabled in the war against the Nazis
- Holocaust survivors receiving benefits for camp and ghetto survivors from the Ministry of Finance
- 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:
- Old Age Pension income supplement recipients.
- Survivors' benefits income supplement recipients.
- Those who receive full disability pensions with a family supplement.
- Income support recipients
- Families whose net income does not exceed the value of an Old Age Pension with income supplement (net income is after income tax, National Insurance, health insurance, pension fund and workers' union contributions have been deducted).
- 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
- 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. (For eligibility information for those over 18 see Assistance Funding Hearing Devices for Adults and Assistance Funding Hearing Devices for People Age 65 and Older.
- 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 (no co-payment necessary and there is no income approval necessary).
- Bra for prosthetic breasts - Provided one time only (no co-payment necessary and there is no income approval necessary).
- Alternative communication devices - For more information
- For more information, see the Ministry of Health procedures:
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.
- Approval of funding for a device is valid for half a year.
- Within the expansion of The Healthcare Basket services for 2015, Financing Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices has been added.
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of aid organizations offering assistance and support in the realm of health and illness click here.
- The State if Obligated to Fund Rehabilitation Devices for those Residing in Living Frameworks (General Explaination) on the "Bizchut" website.
- The Supreme Court Appeal on the "Bizchut" website.
- Notification to the State of its Obligation to Finance
- The court ruling on the Nevo website.
Laws and Regulations
- The National Health Insurance Law
- Medical Administration Circular 1/2014 from 07.01.2014 - Procedures for rehabilitation and mobility device approval from the Ministry of Health
- Medical Administration Circular 14/2017 from 04.05.2017 - Procedures for rehabilitation and mobility device approval from the Ministry of Health - Co-payment Reduction
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.