The government has today approved the broadening of the basket of children’s dental health services up to the age of 14;  300,000 children aged 12-14 will join the new program. ​

The government today unanimously approved the program of the Minister of Health, MK Yakov Litzman, to broaden the children’s dental health basket up to the age of 14 years, starting from 1-Jan-16, in the framework of the HMOs (kupot cholim).
 
 
The social reform in the field of dental health in Israel commenced in July 2010, at the initiative of the then Deputy Minister of Health, now the Minister of Health, Yakov Litzman. In the framework of the reform, all children of Israel up to the age of 8 began to receive a broad basket of preventative and conservative treatments, with a token copayment, in the framework of the services provided in the health basket by the HMOs (kupot cholim). 
In accordance with the program, the dental reform was broadened, with an increase in the ages of children receiving the dental treatment, 
with the age of children included in the program increasing every year by two years.
  • In July 2011, the government approved the broadening of the basket of children’s dental health services up to the age of 10.
  • In July 2012, the government approved the broadening of the basket of children’s dental health services up to the age of 12.
  • Today, the government has approved an additional broadening of the basket of children’s dental health services up to the age of 14.
 
It is emphasized that according to the agreement signed with the Treasury, the age of eligibility will be further increased next year. 
On 1-Jan-17, the children’s dental treatment reform will be broadened up to the age of 15; on 1-Jan-18, the reform will be broadened up to the age of 16, and so on, up to the age of 18. 
The Minister of Health, MK Yakov Litzman, praised the government decision, and said that “Dental treatment is an integral part of basic medicine, and the broadening of the children’s dental treatment reform up the age of 14 continues the social change for the benefit of the children of Israel. Unfortunately, this move to broadening was frozen by the previous government, and today we are correcting that injustice, and broadening the age of eligibility to children up to the age of 14. I thank Prime Minister Netanyahu and Finance Minister Kahlon for their support of this process.” The Health Minister added that “The government will continue to advance this process until it completed to the age of 18, as was signed in the budget agreement.”
 
 
Below are some details and data regarding the children’s dental treatment reform:
So far, some 2 million children, aged 0-12, have received dental health service. 
  • 300,000 new children aged 12-14 will join the program in January 2016. 
  • Some 2.3 million children in Israel will be entitled to receive the dental health service basket starting from January 2016, at an overall cost of 480 million shekels. 
The basket of services includes preventative and conservative treatment as detailed below: 
  • Periodic examination by a dentist – once per year (as well as a second time in that year as per the dentist’s judgement)
  • Routine and follow-up examinations as part of dental treatment
  • Consultation and preparation of treatment plans 
  • X-rays during treatment
  • A pair of bitewing x-rays – in the framework of a periodic examination
  • Guidance on oral hygiene – up to twice per year
  • Removal of calculus – once per year
  • Preventative treatment locally applied
  • Sealing of fissures and pits
 
Treatments in the basket with a copayment of 20 shekels per treatment
  • First aid
  • Amalgam and composite reconstructions
  • Pulp therapy of deciduous and permanent teeth (including root canal therapy)
  • Dental posts (cast or prefabricated)
  • Prefabricated crowns for posterior and anterior teeth
  • Extraction (including surgical extraction)
  • Space maintainer after extraction
  • Use of sedations/laughing gas
  • Dental treatment under anesthesia for children up to the age of 5 who are suffering from early childhood caries