Epilepsy ( כִּפְיוֹן in Hebrew), is characterized by a variety of symptoms caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, which are expressed by different types of seizures.
Epilepsy may occur at any age but is more common in young children and people over the age of 65. There are some types of childhood epilepsy which are temporary and do not continue into adulthood.
In many cases there is no apparent reason for the disorder, but it can result from a head injury, tumors or developmental defects. Epileptic seizures may also occur in patients recovering from brain surgery.
Epilepsy can usually be controlled, but cannot be cured with medication. In severe cases of epilepsy, surgery may be considered. (Based on material from Wikipedia)

Medications and the Healthcare System

  • According the Ministry of Health, people taking medications to treat epilepsy are considered to be chronically ill, and they must make sure they are registered as such by their health plan. Recognition as chronically ill is especially important so that those who are defined as such only pay out of pocket up to the defined monthly limit for their medications. For more information, see: Medication Payment Ceiling for the Chronically Ill.
  • Those who have epilepsy may be eligible to receive medical cannabis.

Reimbursement for Evacuation by Ambulance

  • Any patient who was evacuated by ambulance due to a seizure and was hospitalized is eligible to receive a full reimbursement for the costs of the evacuation. For more information see Funding of Ambulance Evacuation Costs.
  • For patients evacuated to a hospital by ambulance but were not hospitalized:
  • In the case of status epilepticus or unusual situations you should consult your health plan's district doctor and request consideration of your condition and to receive a partial reimbursement.


Disabled Child Benefit

General Disability Pension


Medical Aide

  • Compulsory education-age children in need of supervision due to unbalanced epilepsy - more than two myoclonic epileptic seizures in a month or generalized epilepsy with severe seizures ("grand mal"), that lead to falling down - are entitled to the accompaniment of a medical aide. Fore more information see: Medical Aide for Children Enrolled in the Regular Education System.



Driver's License

  • Epilepsy patients who would like to get a driver's license or renew a driver's license after it was canceled for medical reasons, must meet the requirements of the Medical Institute for Road Safety. For more information, see: Driver's Licenses for Epilepsy Patients.


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