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Preventive sickness benefit for job seekers

If you need to refrain from seeking work or taking a job due to a medical treatment or rehabilitation, you can receive preventive sickness benefit. The treatment or rehabilitation must be intended to prevent or shorten the sickness.

Am I eligible for preventive sickness benefit?

You are eligible for preventive sickness benefit if you:

  • are at increased risk of becoming sick or have an illness that could affect your work capacity.
  • cannot seek work or take a job because you are undergoing medical rehabilitation or treatment.
  • were prescribed the treatment by a doctor.
  • are registered as a job seeker at the Public Employment Service.
  • are insured in Sweden.

How much do I get?

Preventive sickness benefit gives you about 80 per cent of your regular income.

There is no waiting period for preventive sickness benefit. You instead receive money from the first day you miss work.

“Kassakollen” function

How do I apply?

You must first see a doctor, who will write a statement with a treatment plan. The treatment plan must be approved by Försäkringskassan. You then apply like having sickness benefit paid out. It works like this:

1. Your doctor writes a statement with a treatment plan

2. You apply to have Försäkringskassan approve the treatment plan

You can attach the doctor’s certificate and treatment plan digitally when you apply. If you received paper copies of them, you can take a picture of them with your phone or scan them so you can attach them digitally.

3. Försäkringskassan sends a decision on whether the treatment plan is approved or rejected.

You will receive the decision within 30 days after you applied.

4. You apply for preventive sickness benefit

You can apply on a running basis or once the entire treatment is finished.

When will the money be paid?

Normally it takes 30 days for us to process your application for preventive sickness benefit. It could take longer if we require more information. The disbursement is not paid on a fixed date. It is instead paid once we have completed the processing work.

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Frequently asked questions

Medical treatment or rehabilitation can, for example, be seeing a psychologist, pain management, vision and hearing rehabilitation, or occupational therapy. Wellness care, however, is not considered medical treatment.

Yes, you can also receive compensation for your travel time to and from treatment.

No, you do not need to submit a sickness report when you apply for sickness benefit for preventive purposes.

No. If you are a job seeker, you do not have a waiting period.

If you have technical issues

If your e-identification does not work or if you have other technical issues, you can get help on our technical support pages, where you can even get the help of an administrator directly in a web meeting. You are then connected with the administrator, who can see your screen and help you. Web meetings are available during the Customer Centre’s opening hours.

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If you have a protected identity

If you or your child has a protected identity, you cannot use all of the e-services found on My pages (Mina sidor).

If you are living with a protected identity or have a child with a protected identity

If you must apply using a paper form

All forms that can be downloaded from the website can be found under Forms and certificates.

Forms and certificates