Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive system (Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis). In contrast to Crohn's Disease, which may involve all layers of the intestine and may be non-continuous, ulcerative colitis only involves the colon lining and is continuous. The distinction between these two diseases is not straightforward, and diagnosis is made by a colonoscopy test in which can verify the disease, determine the degree of its severity and whether it has spread to the intestines.
Medications and the Healthcare System
- Patients with ulcerative Colitis are considered to be chronically ill, and are therefore eligible for an exemption from paying for medications beyond the established monthly payment ceiling.
- If an ulcerative colitis patient has a determined level of disability he/she may be eligible for an exemption from paying for various health plan services.
- Patients may be eligible to receive medical cannabis.
Disability and Benefits
- General disability for adults:
- Medical disability is established when a claim for a general disability pension is submitted. For specific information see Determining Disability for People with Gastric Problems.
- Someone who has been determined to have an incapacity to work of at least 50% is entitled to a disability pension from the National Insurance Institute. For more information see Disability Pension and Related Benefits.
- Please note: There are various benefits given because of medical disability that are not contingent on eligibility for a disability pension.
- Children may entitled to a Disabled Child Benefit if they meet the conditions of eligibility.
- Ulcerative colitis patients are given a profile of 21 and are exempt from mandatory army service.
- Ulcerative colitis patients can volunteer for army service for a period of 24 months.
- For more information see the army service section on The Israel Foundation for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis website.
- Ulcerative colitis patients may be eligible for tax benefits, according to their degree of disability and incapacity:
- Income Tax Exemption for People with Medical Disability
- Purchase Tax Discount on Residential Property for People with Disabilities.
- Municipal Property Tax (Arnona) Discount for People with Disabilities.
- Income Tax Credit Points
- Exemption from National Insurance Contributions for Disability Pension Recipients
- Ulcerative colitis patients may be eligible for Public Housing.
- Ulcerative colitis patients may be eligible for Rental Assistance.
- Ulcerative colitis patients may be eligible for a Discount on the Israel Lands Administration Consent Fee.
- Parents of a child with Ulcerative colitis should benefit from a Municipal Property Tax (Arnona) Discount for Parents of a Child with Disabilities.
- Ulcerative colitis patients may be eligible for various public transportation benefits.
Electricity and Telephone Payments
- Patients with Ulcerative colitis may be eligible for additional benefits such as:
- The Israel Foundation for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis website
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