Residents’ co-payments to health funds for medications and various health services have been updated, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday.

According to the National Health Insurance law of 1994, the health funds are entitled to update their maximum prices according to the rise in the health price index following approval by the Knesset Finance Committee. The rise includes reimbursements or participation from the insurers to their members.

The health funds are entitled to charge lower co-payments than those given in the ministry announcement, but the insurers cannot lower their reimbursements to members.

For example, payments for a first visit to specialist, a physiotherapist or a hospital outpatient clinic will be NIS 27 instead of NIS 25 for the quarter.

Other payments that have risen include those for psychotherapy, getting a new magnetic card, receiving a medical certificate, having a Pap smear and taking out prescriptions.

Members of Maccabi Health Services, who pay per quarter for visiting a primary care physician, will also pay a bit more.

Meanwhile, the Israel Nurses Association will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Histadrut headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss the firing of 100 school nurses who are unwilling to work for private contractors. The association will demand that the nurses be rehired by the government immediately.

The government rehired school health nurses in the South after the service was privatized and found to be run badly.

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