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Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: Right to Health During Pregnancy and Birth - ENG

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: Right to Health During Pregnancy and Birth - ENG

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Information Sheets in different languages for non-resident women about their health rights during pregnancy and birth. The document lists topics such as coverage of medical insurance, admission to the hospital, receiving a Birth Certificate, etc

Information Sheets in different languages for non-resident women about their health rights during pregnancy and birth. The document lists topics such as coverage of medical insurance, admission to the hospital, receiving a Birth Certificate, etc

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Know your rights -Pregnancy and Birth
 
Information document on Health Rights of Non-resident womenduring pregnancy time.
 
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Non-resident women who are residing in Israel and own private medical insurance for more than 9months, are entitled to have a full coverage of all costs of medical care during their pregnancy. If they get pregnant before residing in Israel for 9 months, the insurance will start to cover care onlyafter nine months of residency.If you are pregnant, and the insurance company refuses to cover your necessary pregnancy medicalcheckups - you should contact us for help at 03-5133104 (Renana)
edical insurancemDO NOT haveMedical care for pregnant women who
"Tipat Chalav" stations provide Prenatal, Postnatal, and Infant Development Centers forevery woman and child:
"Tipat-Chalav" stations are located all over Israel, and are operated bythe Ministry of Health. The stations provide services to any woman for a fee of 180 Shekels (fee isfor 6 months). The Tipat- Chalav stations provide prenatal care, vaccination and monitoring of thechild’s development. We recommend that all pregnant women, regardless of their status, registerfor "Tipat Chalav" services."Tipat-Chalav" stations usually recommend a list of medical tests required during pregnancy.
 
If you have medical insurance
- these tests should be covered by your insurance.
 
If you don't have medical insurance
– these tests should be paid privately.We recommend that you contact us at PHR open clinic for possible discounts.
 
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HospitalBirth in aYou have the right to give
Every woman, whether she holds a health insurance or not, and regardless of her legalstatus, is entitled to give birth in a Hospital
. Giving birth is considered an emergency medicalsituation and in that case every woman is entitled to arrive to the nearest emergency room andreceive medical treatment with no preconditions (valid documents, health insurance or otherpayment can not be a condition for treatment).In addition, if there are any complications during the pregnancy, you should immediately go toEmergency Room. These cases are usually considered an emergency situation, and you willreceive treatment even if you don’t have money to cover the cost. (Later, you will be asked to payfor the treatment.)
Who will cover the birth and hospitalization costs?
Every working woman is entitled to National Insurance Coverage, known in Hebrew as "Bituach-Leumi". Bituach-Leumi covers every worker for working accidents and for birth and deliveryissues. Your employer should deduct 2% from your salary, each month, for the Bituach-Leumi tax.At time of birth, Bituach-Leumi will cover the costs of the birth hospitalization.If the father is an Israeli citizen, or if he is a migrant worker and has Bituach-Leumi, the mother isentitled to all of the pregnancy benefits from Bituach-Leumi, even if she herself doesn't haveBituch-Leumi.The employer must pay Bituach-Leumi for the employee (whether or not she has avisa) for a
continuous period
of at least six months until the delivery. 
Remember!
1.It is recommended that the employer attach
a brief letter for the employee, stating that theBituach-Leumi was covered
, to take with her when she goes to the hospital to deliver.2.3.A woman who is covered by Bituach-Leumi should not pay the hospital for the cost of birthhospitalization.
She should refuse to pay when she is admitted to the hospital and sheshould refuse to sign any document of financial obligation for delivery-related expenses.
Instead, she should take Bituach-Leumi payment forms from the hospital. Bituach Leumi willtransfer payment for hospitalization expenses directly to the hospital.

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