In certain circumstances those who have national health insurance are entitled to free genetic testing
Genetic testing encourages early detection in carriers and the results allow the patient to receive optimal treatment
Tests may also be done privately for pay

Genetic testing allows individuals that are in populations at high risk for hereditary genetic disease to know if they are carriers for the genetic disease. They are relevant in the following 2 cases:

  • Testing a sick person - in this case the test results can help provide the patient optimal treatment.
  • Testing a person who is not sick - in this case test results determine if a person is a carrier of a genetic disease and allow the carrier to be monitored for early detection, which may increase the chances of survival.
This page does not include information on genetic testing related to pregnancy. For more information on this topic see Pre-Pregnancy Genetic Testing.

Who is Eligible?

  • Appendix A of the Genetic Testing Circular explains who is eligible for genetic testing as part of the healthcare basket after they meet the following condition:
  • The person has confirmation from a doctor that specializes in genetics that he is eligible for a specific test relevant to him. In order to do this see the section below procedures - initial genetic consultation.
  • Tests can be done on sick patients and on people that have no signs of illness (carrier detection), according to the type of illness and specific eligibility criteria.
  • Conditions of eligibility can vary from illness to illness so it is advised to clarify the conditions with your health plan.
  • For more information about genetic tests included in the health care basket see appendix a of the Genetic Testing Circular and the Kol HaBriut website.

How to Claim It?

Initial Genetic Consultation

  • Refer to your family doctor or health fund center to schedule an initial genetic consultation.
  • The cost of the initial consultation is based on the the insured's eligibility and the health plan's policies.
There are genetic centers that are not part of the health plans that one can receive genetic consultations. In a case that a person can not do the tests in his Kupat Cholim he can get a letter of commitment ("hitchayvut") from his health plan to do the test in a genetic center. It is important to check with you health fund ahead of time what its conditions of genetic consulting and testing are. For a list of genetic centers see the Ministry of Health website.

Performing the Test

Please Note

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