Integrating public and private insurance in the Israeli health system: An attempt to reconcile conflicting values

Shuli Brammli-Greenberg*, Ruth Waitzberg

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The private health insurance market in Israel offers two voluntary products: the first, offered by the non-profit health plans (HPs), is referred to as supplemental insurance (SI); the second, provided by for-profit insurers, is known as commercial insurance (CI). Both types of cover play a complementary role, covering benefits excluded from the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme such as dental health care for adults. They also play a supplementary role, providing faster access to care, greater choice of provider and improved amenities (in the private sector), and extended cover of services included in the NHI, such as more physiotherapy or psychotherapy sessions compared with what the NHI offers. The Israeli private health insurance market's main distinctive feature is the very high levels of population coverage and dual coverage (almost all people who own CI also own SI).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivate Health Insurance
Subtitle of host publicationHistory, Politics and Performance
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages264-303
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9781139026468
ISBN (Print)9780521125826
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020

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© World Health Organization (acting as the host organization for, and secretariat of, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies) (2020). All rights reserved.

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