The Ministry of Health provides financial assistance towards the purchase of rehabilitation, mobility (ambulatory) and walking devices; this page provides information about walking devices, medical footwear and prosthetic limbs provided through the Lewis Institute in Tel Hashomer.
- For more information on mobility devices (including walkers, buggies, and crutches, among other things) see: Assistance Purchasing Mobility Devices.
- For more information on rehabilitation devices, see: Assistance Purchasing Rehabilitation Devices.
Who is Eligible?
- Those with a permanent disability who require a device, including those living in a Ministry of Social Services long-term care facility, hospital or institution.
Road Accident Victims
- As a general rule Road Accident Victims from 1975 onward are insured through the Road Accident Victims Compensation Law.
- Starting from 17.05.2012 road accident victims are entitled to receive rehabilitation and mobility devices from the Ministry of Health once the legal issues are settled with the insurance company; provided that the ruling/agreement does not include compensation for these devices and does not prevent the Ministry of Health from being repaid by the insurance company.
- The insurance company is responsible to supply the necessary devices until the legal decision is given.
- For more information see the Health Administration Circular no. 15/2014 - Approval of rehabilitation and mobility accessories and walking devices for road accident victims.
Who is Not Eligible?
- Work Accidents and Work Injury Victims,
- Victims of hostilities
- Disabled IDF and Ministry of Defense veterans
- Victims of Nazi persecution who receive aid from another source
- The co-payment for those covered is 25% of the cost of the device, or of the subsidy ceiling that has been established for it, whichever is lower.
- Recipients of the following benefits are exempt from paying a co-payment (relevant approvals and documentation regarding the benefits must be presented):
- Old Age Pension income supplement
- Survivors' benefits income supplement
- General Disability Pension with dependent supplement
- Income support
- 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).
- 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 Devices
- The devices included in accordance with the third addendum to The National Health Insurance Law include:
- Prosthetic limbs, prosthetic hand gloves, stump socks (in the event that a stump housing or prosthesis has been replaced).
- Special medical shoes.
- Torso braces and orthoses (walking devices).
How to Claim It?
- Applicants must have a recommendation from an orthopedist or rehabilitation doctor and they must contact a guidance coordinator at the closest Ministry of Health office.
- For those residing in an institution, the application may be done via the framework within which they reside.
- The guidance coordinator will check the details and refer the applicant to an authorized doctor using a card on which the rate of the Ministry of Health contribution will be specified.
- The applicant may choose a doctor from a list that will be provided by the coordinator.
- The doctor will examine the applicant and determine eligibility for a device.
- Applicants may choose a supplier from an approved list.
- After receiving the device, the doctor will check its quality and its appropriateness for the applicant's needs.
National Call Center for Appointments for Lewis Institute Clients
- The Lewis Institute, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, established a national call center for appointments in order to provide relief to the institute's clients, and to reduce the waiting period for an appointment.
- Clients of the Lewis Institute who are eligible for personally adapted walking devices are able to make an appointment via the call center for doctors authorized in the hospitals in which the institute's clinics function.
- The call center's phone number is 03-7575660. It functions Sun.-Thurs. from 8:30-15:30.
- During hours that the call center is closed, you may leave a message and they will get back to you.
Laws and Regulations
- Information for those entitled to assistance from the Ministry of Health on the Lewis Institute website.
- Purchasing and funding rehabilitation and mobility devices In the booklet "Medical Insurance and Healthcare services for Those Without Legal Status"
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.