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Israel: National Dental Care

(Aug. 5, 2010) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental insurance funds exclusively for the purpose of providing subsidized general dental care. Eligible persons will be entitled to dental services by either the designated dental or general health care insurance funds.

Companies seeking recognition as exclusive dental insurance funds must file requests and attach, among other items, financial guarantees and data regarding their own financial status as well as those of any related bodies or persons, as necessary, for an evaluation of their financial stability. The amendment further imposes a duty on any person who is eligible for medical coverage to register with either a designated dental or medical fund as a precondition for receipt of dental services. (National Health Insurance (Amendment No. 50) 5770-2010 & bill of that law, the Knesset website, &, respectively (both last visited Aug. 3, 2010); National Health Insurance Law, 5754-1994, SEFER HA-HUKIM [official gazette], No. 1469, at 156.)