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Sickness compensation

 

Sickness compensation is a compensation for those between ages 30 and 64 and who will probably never be able to work full time due to illness, injury or disability.

Who can receive sickness compensation?

You may be entitled to sickness compensation if

  • you are between 30 and 64 years old 
  • you will probably never be able to work full time due to illness, injury or disability
  • your work capacity is diminished by at least one fourth in all jobs on the labour market. All jobs on the labour market includes jobs that are arranged for persons with disabilities, such as employment with salary grants.

Depending on how much the work capacity is diminished, full, three-quarter or one-quarter sickness compensation may be paid. Försäkringskassan can replace sickness benefit with sickness compensation on its own initiative, but one can also apply for sickness compensation. Applications are made in writing using form FK3030.

Try to work or study

Dormant sickness compensation during work

Persons receiving sickness compensation can try to work at the same time as they retain the right to compensation, but with compensation not being paid while they are working. Instead they receive a monthly amount corresponding to 25 per cent of the dormant compensation, for example, 25 per cent of half sickness compensation.

They have to apply for dormant sickness compensation before they begin working. Applications are to be made in writing using form FK 5042 and submitted by the person who wants to try to work.

The compensation may remain dormant for a maximum of 24 months, but the monthly amount of 25 per cent is paid for a duration of 12 months at the longest. If the individual wishes to cancel the work attempt and have sickness compensation disbursed once more,  they can submit a request to Försäkringskassan no later than the month before the end of the period with dormant sickness compensation.  There should therefore be at least one month of the period remaining.
When a person is working, they can receive dormant compensation regardless of whether they have been granted one-quarter, one-half, three-quarters or full compensation.

Dormant sickness compensation during studies

It is possible for people to try studying and retain the right to sickness compensation, but with the compensation not being paid while they are studying. Compensation is then always completely dormant, regardless of the scope of these studies. When the compensation is dormant, no compensation is paid at all.  The monthly amount equivalent to 25 per cent of the compensation that those who work can receive is thus not available to students.

They have to apply for dormant sickness compensation before they begin studying. Applications are to be made in writing using form FK 5043 and submitted by the person who wants to try to study.

In the event of study, the compensation can be dormant for up to 24 months. If the individual wishes to cancel the study attempt and have sickness compensation disbursed once more, they can submit a request to Försäkringskassan no later than the month before the end of the period with dormant sickness compensation. There should therefore be at least one month of the period remaining. Requests are made using form FK 3002.

Continuous deduction

According to the rules in force prior to 1 July 2008, those who have been granted sickness compensation without a time limit can work a small or large amount and still retain their right to compensation. They have to apply for this before they begin working.

It is the size of the income that determines whether and how much the sickness compensation will be reduced, but there is a exempt amount. This means that a certain income is permitted before the sickness compensation is reduced. There is a calculation method for the reduction, and this is called ”continuous deduction”.
 

Notification of a change in circumstances is to be made in advance

Those who have sickness compensation are to provide notification of changed circumstances before he or she

  • begins working or studying
  • increases working hours
  • continues to work after a period with dormant compensation.

Those who experience an improvement in work capacity must also notify Försäkringskassan of this.

Those who wish to attempt to work may receive continuous deduction or dormant sickness compensation following application.

Persons who receive dormant sickness compensation retain their right to compensation. Anyone who has dormant activity compensation and stops working or studying must submit a written request to regain the sickness compensation.

What happens with the sickness benefit qualifying income?

Those no longer receiving sickness compensation can regain the sickness benefit qualifying income that he or she had prior to the decision to grant sickness compensation. But this only applies to those that were receiving sickness compensation on 31 December 2009. In order to be able to keep the sickness benefit qualifying income, it must be protected. This may, for example, mean that the person must register at the Public Employment Service on the same day that the sickness compensation is discontinued.

Housing supplement

Those receiving sickness compensation may be entitled to housing supplement.