Automobile accidents can occur instantly and make life difficult physically, emotionally, and financially. To ease your hardship and ensure your rights as a victim, it is important to know your rights.
Payment for Evacuation from the Accident Site and Transportation to the Hospital
The Kupat Cholim is responsible for paying the related bills, including an ambulance, for anyone hospitalized directly from an accident. For anyone who was not hospitalized, the kupah will cover related expenses in the case that the person was taken in an intensive care ambulance (Natan/Atan). To receive coverage, you must submit hospital release papers and a report from Magen David Adom to your kupah branch.
The liable insurance company generally pays when someone in an accident is evacuated to the emergency room in a regular ambulance but is not hospitalized in the end (some companies pay directly to Magen David Adom and some reimburse the victim for expenses).
Assistance to Families of Automobile Accident Victims
The Ministry of Welfare operates assistance centers for those who lost family members to car accidents. More information (in Hebrew) and phone numbers for centers around the country can be found on the program’s web page
Medical Treatment after the Injury
- Someone who is injured in an automobile accident is eligible to receive the medical treatment included in the healthcare basket, covered by his/her Kupat Cholim.
- Someone who is injured in an automobile accident is eligible for exemption from payment of copayments for the medical treatment included in the healthcare basket, if the treatment is related to the accident, regardless of the date of the accident. Speak to the medical secretary at your kupah branch for details about receiving reimbursement for these payments.
- The insurance company liable for the accident is responsible for payment of medical treatment that is not included in the healthcare basket (hospital nursing care, nursing assistance at home, purchasing of wheelchairs and appliances, dental treatments, etc.).
For more information on rights for Victims of Road Accidents see our All Rights Index.