Rehabilitation is a treatment stage in an extended healing process, the purpose of which is to improve the specific types of motor and cognitive functioning which were harmed as the result of illness or injury, and to improve patients' independence to allow them to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.
- The health plans' obligation to provide rehabilitation services is anchored in the second addendum to The National Health Insurance Law.
- The health plans are obligated to inform all patients and their families regarding their rights and the potential to receive rehabilitation services, and also to inform them regarding the existence of organizations and entities that provide assistance.
- The rehabilitation process may be intensive as part of hospitalization, or in the community.
- The place of rehabilitation is determined according to the patients needs and can include an outpatient rehabilitation clinic, a specific clinic (for example physiotherapy), or in the patients house if there are appropriate conditions for the treatment (see links to details in the Additional Resources section.
- Patients referred for rehabilitation in the community are entitled to 12 physical therapy treatments per year, as well as other treatments with a doctor's recommendation.
- The patients are also entitled to an additional series of 12 treatments with a co-payment in facilities that have an arrangement with their health plan or in private facilities receiving health plan subsidies.
- After all of the treatments included as part of the healthcare basket have been used up, the patient may be referred to other rehabilitation/social frameworks, such as day care centers for the elderly (above ages 60-65) or other facilities operated by non-profit organizations (see Aid Organizations below).
Who is Eligible?
- Those whom a medical specialist has determined to be a rehabilitation patient.
How to Claim It?
- A doctor specializing in geriatrics or a rehabilitation specialist will recommend the patient's required continuation of treatment, and which rehabilitation framework is most appropriate.
- Patients referred for rehabilitation in the community will undergo an assessment by at least one treatment staff member, and a rehabilitation plan will be determined no more than 5 days from the date of the request.
- The health plan is required to follow up with the patient at least once per week.
- The health plan may stop rehabilitation treatments if the patient has achieved the treatment goals or if there has been a significant decrease in the rate of progress.
- At the end of treatment, a plan for preserving the patient's improved condition must be built including referral to relevant facilities and service providers.
- The fact that a patient has pressure sores or is fed by means of a feeding tube are not reasons to abstain from providing rehabilitation services.
- All decisions made concerning rehabilitation services must be explained and documented.
- Patients must be given full information regarding potential sources of assistance during the rehabilitation process.
- Ezra LeMarpeh - Rehabilitation Center
- Yad Sarah
- REUTH Medical Rehabilitation Center
- Neeman - stroke survivors
- The Society for Patients' Rights in Israel has a program which offers free guidance on the topic of rehabilitation.
- The National Institute for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured
- Kivunim Center for Medical Rights
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support, click here.
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of organizations offering assistance and support to senior citizens, click here.
Laws and Regulations
- Ministry of Health Director Circular 4/2009 from 14.01.2009 - Criteria for providing rehabilitative care to the elderly
- The National Health Insurance Law
- Original information provided by the Mazor Clinical Center - Providing Legal Advice Regarding Patients Rights in Israel.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.