Registering for a Health Fund in Israel
Hebrew: רישום לקופת חולים בישראל
When you arrive in Israel
- All new immigrants receive a voucher at the airport along with their Teudat Oleh, entitling them to six months free health insurance. Once you are employed, Health Insurance is taxed on your income (up to 4.8%). The employer's portion is collected by the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), and passed on to the health insurance fund of the individual's choice.
New Health Fund Registration Services at Ben Gurion Airport
To ease your first steps in Israel, and in order to improve absorption services, it is possible to register for the health fund of your choice upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport. This new service is in addition to the existing option of registering at a postal bank.
New immigrants are eligible for health insurance from the date of receipt of new immigrant status. As of the 7th of December, 2010, upon arrival at the airport with new immigrant status, and receipt of documentation from an absorption counselor, you can register at the health fund of your choosing. When registering you must inform the absorption counselor of your choice of health fund (it is recommended to check the services provided by each fund in advance of your aliyah).
We suggest that you access the Health Fund's website and research their benefits before you arrive in Israel. You can also contact friends or relatives, living in Israel, in order to consult with them before deciding on a health fund.
Note that when registering for a health fund at the airport, you do not have to pay a registration fee.
Other Ways to Register
- You can register for a health fund, on-line, via their website. Please note that not all health funds have this facility on their sites.
- You can contact you health fund, by phone, and register with a customer service representative See our Translations of the Health Funds Automated Answering Machines
- You can visit your health-fund main branch in your area, and register with them
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