An eating disorder refers to a number of psychological disorders related to insufficient food intake or overeating. Individuals suffering from them may have difficulty admitting that they have a problem before seeking help.
Coverage and provision of services for eating disorders are essentially the same as any other psychological disorder.
Where to start when seeking coverage and treatment for an eating disorder:
- Discuss the steps to finding treatment with your family doctor.
- You may need to see a diagnostic psychiatrist or psychologist to receive a referral and coverage for specific treatments.
- Make an appointment with a kupah social worker at your local clinic for additional guidance.
- Get hafnaya & hitchayvut when needed.
Where can I get treatment?
- Speciality clinic within the kupah. (Hafnaya required)
- Speciality clinics outside the kupah, but that work with your kupah. (Hafnaya & Hitchayvut required)
- Private clinics.
- There are both in-patient and out-patient clinics available, depending on the severity of the patient's condition. Someone with a severe eating disorder and other mental illnesses will be hospitalized.
- Care is generally provided by a multi-disciplinary professional team comprised of doctors, mental health professionals, dietitians, and other professionals.
- Updated listings of treatment facilities with which the kupah is affiliated should be requested directly from the kupah.
- The Israeli Association for Eating Disorders (IAED) website has a comprehensive listing of public and private facilities specializing in treatment of eating disorders (in Hebrew).