national insurance

Sick, But Not Ill Enough

New figures show that another 20,000 people are to lose their sick benefits next during year- even though they are still to ill to work. The new rule for Sweden's national insurance system (försäkringskassan) that came in last year mean that fewer people qualify for an early pension on grounds of health - something that has been reclassified as indefinite sick benefit.

Ulrika Persson at Försäkraingskassan told Swedish Radio that the 20,000 people in question are those who have been on temporary sickness benefits, have now been denied a prolongation of this benefit and will not be transferred to indefinite sick benefit - but neither have they recovered their capacity for work.

According to Swedish Radio news it is in fact possible under the current rules for someone to be on the one hand too ill to work, but also too healthy to be eligible for national insurance sick benefits.

Försäkringskassan's Ulrika Persson says that the focus will now be on getting the people excluded from health benefits well enough to work. For now they are advised to apply for basic welfare support.

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