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