Kupot Cholim

(Health Plans)

New Olim will have the opportunity to register for health care upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.  If you have a pre-existing Israeli status please see the following link to to clarify your health care registration.  Researching which healthcare provider offers the best services in your new Israeli community will better prepare you for your decision.

Kupot Cholim, provide health care services in Israel. Each health plan offers several levels of service:

  1. The basic basket of healthcare services
  2. Supplemental insurance
  3. long-term care insurance.
kupot_220x893 Clalit Health Services
English Site: http://www.clalit-global.co.il/en/
Information Guide: http://www.clalit-global.co.il/userfiles/File/clalit.galaxy.en.pdf
Phone: 1-222-2700 or *2700 from Israel
kupot_220x892 Leumit Health Fund 
English Site:http://www.leumit.co.il/eng/
Hebrew Site: http://www.leumit.co.il/
Phone: 1-700-507-507 or *507
E-mail: http://www.leumit.co.il/eng/contactus.asp
kupot_220x894 Maccabi Healthcare Services
English Site: http://www.maccabi4u.co.il/1837-he/Maccabi.aspx
Hebrew Site: www.maccabi4u.co.il
Phone: 1-700-505-353 or *3555
kupot_220x89 Meuhedet Health Fund
English Site: http://lang.meuhedet.co.il
Hebrew Site: https://www.meuhedet.co.il/
Phone: 1-222-3833, 09-8633336 or *3833 from Israel
E-mail: aliyah@meuhedet.co.il

New Olim will have the opportunity to register for health care upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.  If you have a pre-existing Israeli status please see the following link to to clarify your health care registration.  Researching which healthcare provider offers the best services in your new Israeli community will better prepare you for your decision.

The Basic Basket of Services 

By law, the Kupot Cholim must accept all applicants for services regardless of their age or prior medical history. In other words, pre-existing conditions and age are irrelevant when applying for basic health insurance in Israel.  The basic basket of services offered by the Ministry of Health offers coverage for a multiple of services, medications, and hospitalizations, but all within a basic range of services.

For additional tips on getting the most out of your Kupat Cholim coverage, please see 5 Things to Know About Your Kupat Cholim, courtesy of The Shira Pransky Project. The Shira Pransky Project was established to assist English-speaking medical patients in Israel by facilitating the accessibility of rights, benefits and support through education and advocacy.

Supplemental Insurance

It is possible to purchase supplemental insurance (Bituach Mashlim) from your health plan in order to receive wider coverage. Supplemental plans offer a wider selection of medications, consultations with professionals outside of the health plans (second opinions), dental medicine, surgery abroad and alternative medicine including chiropractics, homeopathy, and so forth.  Most health plans offer several supplemental plans and differences between health plans exist in the scope of services offered and in the cost. The cost of a supplemental plan varies based on the following factors: your age, the size of your family, and the type of plan that you select.  Costs can be found on the Kuppat Cholim websites listed below.   As new Olim, joining a supplemental plan within the first 90 days after your arrival will waive any waiting period for services.  As with the basic basket of services, all supplemental plans are available regardless of age or pre-existing condition.

Travel Insurance 

Travelers insurance is available through the Kupot Cholim any time you travel.  Coverage typically covers health care needs that are not within a pre-existing condition situation.  Clarify with your Kuppot Cholim regarding how any possible pre-existing condition will be cared for while abroad.  For some, keeping your foreign health care insurance may be necessary for coverage while abroad.  Clarifying coverage with the Kupa of your choice is possible before your Aliyah so that you are prepared.

Residency Requirements for Kupat Cholim Coverage

In order to receive continuous Kupat Cholim coverage, an Israeli citizen’s “center of life” — as determined by Bituach Leumi — must be in Israel, not abroad. Bituach Leumi considers a number of factors in determining “center of life,” including whether you own an apartment in Israel, where you live, where the rest of your family lives, and whether you reside in Israel more than 183 days in the calendar year. For more information, see the following article on Bituach Leumi.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance is available through the health plans, as well as via private insurance agents. Long-term care insurance provides financial participation in long-term care costs in a residential facility or at home for persons who cannot perform activities of daily life alone and require assistance and supervision.  Different from the above listed plans, long term care insurance through the health care providers are private insurance policies.  Unlike the basic and supplemental, they are subject to age (not available over the age of 70) and pre-existing conditions.   The long-term care insurance offered by each health plan is identical for all participants. The premium paid is the same for each age group, and increases with age. In some health plans, the level of coverage is higher for members who joined at an earlier age.

It is important to note that there is a maximum amount of time that is covered in any given long-term care policy (generally up to 5 years). If one required long-term care for a period of time longer than the maximum amount, one would need to pay out-of-pocket for these services.

In addition to private long term care policies offered by the kuppot, long term care is also available to all through the Bituach Leumi, National Insurance Institute.  Services received from the Bituach Leumi may be subject to a means test.  For more information, see the following link.

Dental Care

While dental care in Israel is not included in the basic Israeli health insurance plans (Kupot Cholim), the costs are significantly lower than they are in the U.S. Supplemental insurance plans (available through the Kupot) often cover some free treatments and/or discounts on dental care, including one free checkup with x-rays per year. Some health plans offer free restorative care (i.e., filling cavities, root canal, etc.) to children up to age six. Many services are available at a discount, including orthodontics.

Waiting periods for discounts on basic treatments such as cleanings, x-rays, fillings and root canals are variable. During these waiting periods, the insured continues to pay his/her monthly fees despite not being eligible for these services.

Please note that all free services and discounts only apply at health plan-affiliated dentists.

Many Olim choose to access dental care through private dentists, without receiving reimbursement from their health insurance plans. A dental exam, with x-rays generally costs between 200-300 NIS.

Here is a listing of dental services and discounts via supplemental plans at the Kupot Cholim:

Clalit Mushlam Leumit Zahav Maccabi Zahav Meuhedet Adif
Free treatment for children Yes, up to age 18 No Yes, up to age 6 Yes, up to age 12
Discounts on restorative dentistry 25% discount off list price 25% discount 25% discount 20% discount
Dental exam One free per year Two free per year One free per year One free per year
X-rays 25% discount Two sets free per year No discount
Dental cleaning One free per year 50% discount on two treatments per year 50% discount on two treatments per year 50% discount on two treatments per year
Waiting period for above services None None None None
Orthodontics 25% discount 35% discount 25% discount 20% discount
Waiting period for orthodontics 12 months None 24 months None
Additional notes 12 month wait for aesthetic dentistry Free emergency care