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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
of at least six months until the delivery.
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.