Reimbursement for Ambulance Evacuation

A person with epilepsy does not go to the hospital when they have a seizure.

However, an ambulance should be called if they have a seizure that lasts for more than 5 minutes. Also, an ambulance should be called if you know the person and they do not have a medical history of epilepsy and they start convulsing (shaking) and have a seizure.

They would have to get checked up to see what might have been the cause of the seizure and if it was a one-time episode showing no signs of epileptic activity in the tests that they would’ve had to undergo.

The emergency telephone number in Israel is 101 which can be called from any phone.

The medical response unit will send an ambulance and the paramedics will come to assist and give the best care, and if necessary, transport them to the hospital. The National Health Insurance law indicates that as a health fund member, they are eligible to get partial or total reimbursement for ambulance evacuation fees.

Anyone covered by national health insurance and evacuated to a hospital and is later hospitalized or has been transferred from a hospital emergency room to continue treatment at another hospital is entitled to get fully reimbursed for the ambulance evacuation costs.

However, anyone covered by the national health insurance is evacuated by a mobile intensive care unit and is not later hospitalized is entitled to partial funding for the evacuation costs. Someone who is evacuated by a normal ambulance, not an intensive care unit, and not hospitalized must pay the full cost for the evacuation. There are premium health plans that offer benefits in addition to the basic entitlement.

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