Patients undergoing dialysis treatment must come into a clinic for treatment sessions a number of times per week for an extended period of time.
- For many, this causes problems related to absence from work, transportation and parking costs at the hospital or dialysis center etc. There are a number of different rights and benefits to which dialysis patients can take advantage of, in an effort to ease the process for patients during this time period.
- This page provides information regarding the rights and benefits entitled to dialysis patients.
Rights specific to Children
- Children undergoing regular dialysis treatment are considered to be children requiring special medical treatment and are thus entitled to a Disabled Child Benefit. For more information, see: Disabled Child Benefit and Related Benefits.
- Children are entitled to receive Specialized Medical Service at the National Center for renal failure in children. For a list of which centers provide this service, see The Ministry of Health's English website.
- The Jordan River Village offers a free of charge vacation for children dealing with a chronic illness.
- Parents of the child are likely eligible for Sick Days Due to an Ill Child.
Rights specific to Adults
- Patients whose medical disability has been determined (see Disability determination for renal failure patients), can also be entitled to various other rights which are not dependent on their disability benefits.
- Patients whose earning capacity has been impacted, may be eligible for a General Disability Pension. For more information, see: Disability Pension and Related Benefits.
- General Disability Pension recipients undergoing dialysis treatment at least twice per week, may be entitled to a Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance) in accordance with the conditions of eligibility.
- One who has reached retirement age and requires assistance in daily activities, is likely eligible for a Long-Term Care Benefit.
Rights through the Ministry of Health
- Kidney failure being treated by dialysis is found on the Ministry of Health's list of serious illnesses, meaning that such patients are eligible for exemption from payment for various medical services.
- Considered to be chronically ill, dialysis patients are eligible for a medication payment ceiling for purchasing medications included in the healthcare basket. It is recommended to only use this right as a supplement to the exemption from payment for medications (in accordance with each health plan's procedures) included as part of the entitlement listed above for those considered to have a "serious illness".
- Dialysis patients who go to the emergency room are exempt from emergency room and treatment costs.
Travel and Parking
- Dialysis patients receive Coverage of Travel Expenses for Medical Treatment.
- In accordance with the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety, dialysis patients are eligible for a disabled parking permit.
- According to the regulations of the Ministry of Health, dialysis patients are exempt from hospital parking fees (government hospitals).
- Free Transportation by Ambulance in Jerusalem Aid organization whose volunteers drive patients needing treatment within the Jerusalem area.
Additional Rights and Benefits
- Discount on Bezeq Telephone Fees for Dialysis Patients
- The spouse of a dialysis patient may be entitled to additional sick days.
- Israel National Association for Renal Transplant Recipients and Dialysis Patients
- Israel National Kidney Foundation
- Tikva Umarpe for pediatric dialysis, kidney transplant, and nephrology patients.
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support, click here.
- Maccabi Health Services: Rights for policyholders undergoing dialysis treatments
- The Israeli National Kidney Transplantees and Dialysis Patients Association: Rights for dialysis patients