Heart patients who have had a myocardial infarction or undergone coronary bypass surgery are entitled to stay for five days in a convalescent home that has an arrangement with their health plan, free of charge.
- During such a stay, patients are entitled to medical supervision, instruction, monitoring, lectures on nutrition and supervised exercise.
- The different health plans offer an expanded version of the basic right as offered as part of the health care basket. For more information see the "Kol HaBriut" website
Who is Eligible?
- A patient who is entitled to cardiac rehabilitation, who has had a myocardial infarction or undergone coronary bypass surgery.
How to Claim It
- Those who are eligible should contact their health plan's representative in the hospital before being discharged, or their health plan branch within 24 hours of discharge from the hospital, and present a relevant medical recommendation from a cardiologist.
- The stay in the convalescent home is included in the healthcare basket, and the health plans are required to provide the service without requiring a co-payment.
- Patients who claim that they are not receiving the rehabilitation services to which they are entitled according to the National Health Insurance Law are entitled to submit a complaint to the Ministry of Health's National Health Insurance Law Ombudsman.
- Patients may also submit a complaint to the health plan ombudsman.
Laws and Regulations
- The National Health Insurance Law
- Medical Administration Circular 47/2002 from 10.10.02 regarding rehabilitation services for heart patients
- Original information written by the IMA.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.