Conditions of entitlement

Who is entitled to the allowance?

An attendance allowance is available to men and women up to retirement age (15), who are insured by the National Insurance Institute and require a great deal of assistance by another person for routine activities (dressing, eating, washing, mobility within the home and control of bodily functions), or who require constant supervision to prevent a danger to their lives or to the lives of others.

A person who is one of the following is also entitled to the allowance:

  • A person receiving dialysis treatment at least twice a week.
  • A person who has received an organ transplant (kidney, heart, pancreas, lung, liver) or bone marrow from a donor - for the first six months from the date of the transplant. A person who has received an autogenous bone marrow transplant - for three months from the date of the transplant.
  • An oncology patient who is receiving medical treatment from the list of treatments that appears in this circular.

A person who is living in an institution that provides medical, nursing or rehabilitation services is not entitled to the allowance.

Conditions of entitlement

The insured must meet all the following conditions:

  1. He is covered by National Insurance and is between the age of 18 years to retirement age, and is living in Israel.
    If a person is located abroad
    , the National Insurance Institute will continue to pay him the allowance for three months if, right before his departure, he received the allowance for at least two consecutive months.
    If he went abroad for medical treatment, or he or his spouse were sent abroad by an Israeli employer, the National Insurance Institute is entitled, at its discretion, to continue to pay the allowance for up to 24 months (from the month of departure abroad).
    Continued payment of allowance after retirement age – A person who has reached retirement age will no longer be entitled to the allowance, unless a claim was submitted six months at the latest after his reaching this age, and an NII physician determines entitlement to attendance allowance for the period before he reached the age of retirement
    A person found to be entitled to attendance allowance at the time that he reaches retirement age will continue to receive the allowance after this age for as long as he meets the conditions of entitlement.
  2. He is receiving a disability pension from the National Insurance Institute, which has established a medical disability of at least 60% for him (with regard to the attendance allowance) or he is not receiving a disability pension, but the NII has established a medical disability of 75% for him, provided that he also meets the following conditions:
    a.   He is not receiving special work injury allowance from the National Insurance Institute and is not receiving payment for personal treatment or for help in the home under any law.
    b.   His monthly income from employment does not exceed five times the average wage, i.e., NIS 52,755 (as of Jan 01, 2020)
  3. A person receiving benefits under the Mobility Agreement is also entitled to an attendance allowance only if a Ministry of Health Medical Committee established a mobility limitation of 100% for him, or he requires and uses a wheelchair or is bedridden.
    A vehicle owner is entitled only if an attendance allowance of at least 100% was determined for him.
  4. He is not living in an institution that provides medical, nursing or rehabilitation services.