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Sickness benefit

If you cannot work because you are sick, you can get sickness benefits.

The first two weeks you are sick, your employer pays you sick pay instead of your regular salary. If you are still sick after the two weeks, you can apply for sickness benefit from Försäkringskassan.

Some employers do not pay sick pay. If this is the case, you can instead apply for sickness benefit from Försäkringskassan. If you do not know whether you are entitled to sick pay, contact your employer.

Temporary rules due to the corona virus

Some rules for compensations from Försäkringskassan have been temporarily amended due to the coronavirus. Therefore, please update yourself on the rules on this page:

Coronavirus - this applies

Am I eligible for sickness benefit?

You are eligible for sickness benefit if you

  • are unable to work during your regular working hours due to illness
  • lose income
  • are insured in Sweden.

You can receive
25, 50, 75 or 100 percent sickness benefit.

How do I apply?

 

1. Report your sickness to your employer

The first day you are sick, you must report your sickness to your employer. If you are unemployed part time, you must also report your sickness to Försäkringskassan.

2. Apply for compensation for qualifying day of sickness deduction

The government has decided to temporarily suspend the qualifying day of sickness deduction from the first day of sickness from 11 March 2020 onwards. This means that you can apply retroactively for compensation for qualifying day deductions made on your sick pay from 11 March. The employer shall make a withdrawal allowance as usual.

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3. Your employer reports your sickness to Försäkringskassan

Once you have been sick for 14 days, your employer will report your sickness to Försäkringskassan. You can see on Mina sidor (My pages) whether you employer has submitted a sickness report.

4. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)

Once your employer has submitted a sickness report, you can apply for sickness benefit via My pages (Mina sidor).

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5. Send in a medical certificate

Försäkringskassan needs a medical certificate with information about your illness or injury. Most regions can issue electronic certificates. You can then submit your medical certificate via Mina intyg on 1177 Vårdguiden. This speeds up the process and you then do not have to send the certificate by post.

Mina intyg (My certificates), 1177 Vårdguiden (www.minaintyg.se)external link, opens in new window

6. Disbursement

The first sickness benefit disbursement is not paid on a fixed date. It is instead paid once we have completed the processing work. If your application is complete, this takes no more than 30 days.

After the first disbursement, sickness benefit is paid on a specific date each month. Which date applies for you depends on when you were born:

  • If you were born between the 1st and the 10th: the 25th of each month
  • If you were born between the 11th and the 20th: the 26th of each month
  • If you were born between the 21st and the 31st: the 27th of each month

You can see all of your disbursements on My pages (Mina sidor).

Special disbursement dates

Special disbursement dates and processing times

When will the disbursement appear on My pages (Mina sidor)?

As soon as we have processed your application, you can see your preliminary disbursements under Disbursements (Utbetalningar) on My pages (Mina sidor).

The actual disbursement will be shown 1 bank day before the money is paid out.

 

1. Report your sickness

If you do not receive sick pay, you can report your sickness the first day you are sick.

Most who are employees receive sick pay. If you receive sick pay, then your employer is responsible for reporting your sickness. Check with your employer if you are not sure what applies in your particular case.

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2. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)

Once you have reported your sickness, you can log in to My pages (Mina sidor) and apply for sickness benefit.

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3. Send in a doctor's certificate

If you are sick for more than 7 days, you must send in a doctor's certificate with information about your illness or injury. In some cases, you need to send in a doctor’s certificate from the very first day you are sick. Försäkringskassan will let you know if this is the case. Most regions can issue electronic certificates. You can then submit your medical certificate via Mina intyg on 1177 Vårdguiden. This speeds up the process and you then do not have to send the certificate by post.

Mina intyg (My certificates), 1177 Vårdguiden (www.minaintyg.se)external link, opens in new window

If you have received a paper copy of your medical certificate and if for some reason it has not been submitted to us electronically, send the original to Försäkringskassans Inläsningscentral, 839 88 Östersund.

4. Disbursement

The first sickness benefit disbursement is not paid on a fixed date. It is instead paid once we have completed the processing work. If your application is complete, this takes no more than 30 days.

After the first disbursement, sickness benefit is paid on a specific date each month. Which date applies for you depends on when you were born:

  • If you were born between the 1st and the 10th: the 25th of each month
  • If you were born between the 11th and the 20th: the 26th of each month
  • If you were born between the 21st and the 31st: the 27th of each month

You can see all of your disbursements on My pages (Mina sidor).

Special disbursement dates

Special disbursement dates and processing times

When will the disbursement appear on My pages (Mina sidor)?

As soon as we have processed your application, you can see your preliminary disbursements under Disbursements (Utbetalningar) on My pages (Mina sidor).

The actual disbursement will be shown 1 bank day before the money is paid out.

If you want to change any aspect of your sick leave

 

Send in your new medical certificate. You can do this digitally on Mina certificates (My intyg) on 1177 Vårdguiden.

Mina intyg (My certificates), 1177 Vårdguiden (www.minaintyg.se)external link, opens in new window

If you answered yes when asked whether a new medical certificate will apply as an extension of your sick leave when you applied for sickness benefit, then you do not need to do anything else.

If you answered no, an application form for extended sickness benefit will be sent to your home. You cannot apply for extended sickness benefit via Mina sidor (My pages).

 

If you begin working part time or in any other way change the scope of your sick leave, you must notify us of this. The easiest way to do this is via My pages (Mina sidor).

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If you want to end your sickness benefit before the end of your registered sick leave period, you can do this on My pages (Mina sidor).

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If you cannot use My pages (Mina sidor), call the Customer Centre or contact your personal administrative officer.

Can I receive compensation for work related travel?

 

If you are able to work even though you are sick or injured, but cannot travel to and from work as you normally do, you can receive compensation for the extra costs you incur. For example, you can take a taxi or your own car instead of the bus if you have trouble walking.

You can receive compensation for work related travel if you

  • are sick or injured and have been granted full-time sickness benefit. We must therefore first decide whether you are entitled to sickness benefit, and then whether you can receive compensation for work trips instead of sickness benefit.
  • have an injury or illness that prevents you from getting to work in the usual way.

How do I apply?

If you want to apply for a compensation for travel to and from work you need to write this in your application for sickness benefit. If you have already applied for sickness benefit, you can call us.

When you call us, you need to answer a few questions:

  • How much you normally pay for your trips to and from work.
  • Your home address and address of the workplace.
  • Distance between home and work.
  • How much it costs you to travel to work in a different way than normal.

What do I need to do to have the compensation disbursed to me?

The compensation is paid retroactively. First, you must submit your receipts and a declaration of compensation for work trips available on My Pages.

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Download the Declaration of Work Trips (7373) and send it in the same envelope as the receipts.
Your personal identity number must be on each attachment.

7373 Declaration of work trips (in Swedish)PDF

How long can I receive compensation?

The compensation is only intended to be paid for a limited period of time when you are temporarily prevented from travelling to work in the normal way.

What happens if I am sick for a longer period of time?

If you are sick for a long time, you will be assigned a personal administrator. They help you with everything related to your sickness benefit, such as planning for how to return to work.

If you need support to return to work, your employer should help you. For example, you might need shorter workdays or different job tasks, either temporarily or on a permanent basis.

If you need more support, you can receive rehabilitation at your workplace. For example, you may need to train on working on certain job tasks to regain your work capacity. During that time, you can get rehabilitation allowance. The amount is the same as the sickness benefit.

 

If you have received sickness benefit for 364 days, you need to reapply to continue receiving sickness benefit. There are two levels that you can apply for; sickness benefit at continuation level or sickness benefit at normal level. The level is determined based on your illness according to criteria from the National Board of Health and Welfare. Please talk to your administrator if you have questions about the levels or how to apply.

Sickness benefit at the continuation level is approximately 75 per cent of your sickness benefit qualifying income (SGI), while sickness benefit at the normal level corresponds to about 80 percent. You are entitled to sickness benefit at the normal level if you have a serious illness. What in this context counts as serious illness is described in the National Board of Health and Welfare's criteria for serious illness. The criteria can be found on the National Board of Health and Welfare's website.

Criteria for serious illness (www.socialstyrelsen.se)external link, opens in new window

 

If you are unable to return to work due to illness, we can help you get rehabilitation from the Public Employment Service. For example, you can receive career guidance or occupational training. During that time, you can get rehabilitation allowance. The amount is the same as sickness benefit.

 

If Försäkringskassan assesses that you are able to work but cannot return to your current job, we will offer you a meeting with the Public Employment Service. At the meeting there will be an administrative officer from Försäkringskassan and an administrative officer from Arbetsförmedlingen. The meeting is an opportunity for you to receive support on your journey back to working life.

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