Early childhood care (until age 6)

  • In infancy the child can receive well baby checkups through the government sponsored well baby clinics, although the overwhelming majority receive well baby care through the kupah well baby clinics.  Besides assessing milestones for growth and brain development, the tipat chalav system also delivers vaccinations  until school age.
  • Insurance – Every child is insured from birth through the kupat cholim of the mother (but still must be registered after birth), and gets all services in basket of services, including dental coverage. For a summary of what is the basket of services and what is included,  go to this ministry of health link.
  • Below is a table with the current immunization  schedule published by the Ministry of Health.  Any of the combined doses can be split (i.e. remove the chicken pox or pertussis vaccine and/or give it later). However, the staff must be told in advance, because often they must preorder the individual vaccine and may not have it in stock when you arrive.
chart of childhood innoculations

School aged care ( Age 6 until child  graduates from Grade 12)

  • Children will receive care from their kupat holim (health services) family doctors and specialists. If you have purchased shaban (or supplementary services,like Adif or Sheli) then your child is entitled to additional services not provided in the regular basket of services. [See below for an explanation of what is included in the basket of services]

Basket of Services

Israel uses a socialized medicine infrastructure, which means that every citizen is entitled to healthcare services.  The basic “basket of services” or the “sal” is a list of procedures, medicines, and types of surgeries that are covered by the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi).  The four kupot holim (health funds) are responsible for delivering these services, for which they are reimbursed by Bituach Leumi.  Several services are still directly paid for by Bituach Leumi (meaning they do not go through the kupot.) Those include childbirth.  New medicines and procedures are added to the “basket” every year, so you shouldn’t assume that if something wasn’t covered last year, it still won’t be this year.  It’s worthwhile to check yearly. For a summary (in English!) of what is the basket of services and what is included,  go to this Ministry of Health link.

Army (If Applicable)

  • When your child (or you) enlists in the full time (or sadir סדיר) army services, they are then receive all health services through the army system.  They cannot access their health service providers because technically, they are the ‘property of Tzahal’ (IDF).  After the soldier is discharged from the army, they must reenlist in a  a health fund. This is not the case for those volunteering in sherut leumi, who are still covered under their chosen health fund.
  • While in the army or sherut leumi, however, the young person does not have to pay monthly to bituach leumi.

Adulthood – from age 18

  • Upon turning 18, even if still in high school, your child will now be considered an adult, and will be removed from your family unit.  You may continue to pay for their shaban (supplemental services), but you will have to reconfigure access if you want to have access to their medical info/appointment making and your child will need to be a part of that process.