According to the National Health Insurance Law, various populations are entitled to an exemption from paying health insurance contributions
For additional information see the National Insurance Institute website

All Israeli citizens are required to pay health insurance contributions; however, various populations are entitled to an exemption from these payments.

Who is Eligible?

  1. Prisoners and detainees in prison or jail for a period of 12 months or more.
  2. New Immigrants (Olim) - For the first 12 months after the date of aliyah.
  3. Those who are 18 years old, whom have not yet enlisted in the army and are unemployed, on condition that they will enlist no later than age 21.
  4. One who has been discharged from the army or has completed national civil service (as of 12.21.2014) - For two months after the end of the service. For more details see temporary exemption from payment of social security and health insurance for discharged soldiers and those who have finished national civil service

How to Claim It?

  • The right is given automatically by the National Insurance Institute.
    • If the exemption status was not updated in the National Insurance Institute system, it will be necessary to go to a National Insurance Institute branch in order to update information, stop payment and receive reimbursements for all payments taken since the beneficiary became eligible for the exemption.
    • In these cases, it is always recommended to come prepared with any and all relevant documentation (documentation from the IDF for soldiers, documentation from the Ministry of the Interior for widows and immigrants, documentation from the prison service for prisoners, etc.).
  • Married women who do not work outside the home who pay a pension and whose husbands are insured with old age and survivors' insurance must submit a declaration regarding her status to the pension provider, and based on this declaration, the pension provider will not deduct health insurance contributions from the pension.

Aid Organizations

  • For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support, click here.

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