Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive system, which mainly affects the intestines, but can damage any tissue in the digestive system from the mouth to the anus. The disease can occur at any age, but usually occurs in the second decade to the fourth decade of a person's life. Crohn's disease mainly affects the small intestine and especially the end of the small intestine. There is no continuity of diseased areas and we can find see areas that have infected parts but are otherwise healthy. At the onset of the disease, it tends to have a chronic nature with flare-ups and remissions.
Medications and the Healthcare System
- Patients with Crohn's Disease are considered to be chronically ill, and are therefore eligible for an exemption from paying for medications beyond the established monthly payment ceiling.
- Additionally there is a Payment Ceiling for Medical Foods/Nutraceuticals for foods included in the Healthcare Basket that recommended for Crohn's disease patients and prescribed by doctors or clinical dietitians (in certain situations financial aid for medical foods/nutraceuticals may be granted to needy populations by the Welfare Ministry).
- If a Crohn's patient has a determined level of disability he/she may be eligible for an exemption from paying for various health plan services.
- Crohn's patients may be eligible to receive medical cannabis.
Disability and Benefits
- Medical disability is established when a claim for a general disability pension is submitted. For specific information see Determining Disability for People with Gastric Problems.
- Someone who has been determined to have an incapacity to work of at least 50% is entitled to a disability pension from the National Insurance Institute. For more information see Disability Pension and Related Benefits.
- Please note: There are various benefits given because of medical disability that are not contingent on eligibility for a disability pension.
- Crohn's disease patients are given a profile of 21 and are exempt from mandatory army service.
- Crohn's patients can volunteer for army service for a period of 24 months.
- For more information see the army service section on The Israel Foundation for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis website.
- Crohn's disease patients may be eligible for tax benefits, according to their degree of disability and incapacity.
- Income Tax Exemption for People with Medical Disability
- Purchase Tax Discount on Residential Property for People with Disabilities.
- Municipal Property Tax (Arnona) Discount for People with Disabilities.
- Income Tax Credit Points
- Exemption from National Insurance Contributions for Disability Pension Recipients
- Crohn's disease patients may be eligible for Public Housing.
- Crohn's disease patients may be eligible for Rental Assistance.
- Crohn's disease patients may be eligible for a Discount on the Israel Lands Administration Consent Fee.
- Parents of a child with Crohn's disease should benefit from a Municipal Property Tax (Arnona) Discount for Parents of a Child with Disabilities.
- Crohn's disease patients may be eligible for various public transportation benefits.
Electricity and Telephone Payments
- Patients with Crohn's disease may be eligible for additional benefits such as:
- The Israel Foundation for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis website
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.