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UNEMPLOYMENT / DEC. 27, 2012
version 17, draft 17

The Social Security System of Austria

The Social Security System of Austria has a contribution-based system that implements compulsory social insurance contributions. Once registered for social insurance, employees can take advantage of a range of benefits, including the following:

  • Healthcare benefits

  • Sickness entitlements

  • Accidents at work

  • Maternity benefits

  • Pension & Retirement benefits

  • Disability Pension

  • Personal Care benefit

  • Unemployment benefits

 

The Public Employment Service Austria (AMS) gives all paying individuals, who have permanent residence in Austria, access to public healthcare. Dependent family members (children up to the age of 18 or 27 if still in education) are also entitled to healthcare in the same way as the employee. Healthcare coverage includes preventative medical examinations, annual checks, spa treatments and rehabilitation measures. Employees and their families are also entitled to treatment by general practitioners, specialists and dentists.

 

If an employee has been declared unfit to work by a professional physician they will be entitled to sickness benefits from the fourth day of sickness onwards. However employees must report their incapacity to work within one week in order to receive full entitlement. Sickness cash benefits can be received for 52 weeks, and can be extended to a maximum of 78 weeks (1 ½ years).

 

The accident insurance scheme covers workers whilst at work or travelling to/from work. Accident insurance is compulsory and includes 52 diseases listed as occupational diseases.

 

Women insured under the act are entitled to maternity benefits, both during pregnancy and once they have given birth. Entitlements include consultations with a physician, medicines and equipment and care in a hospital for a maximum of ten days. Women are permitted to eight weeks maternity leave prior to giving birth, and eight weeks after the birth of their child.

 

If you are insured under the pension insurance act you may be entitled to old-age benefits. However in order to receive entitlement you must complete at least 180 months of insurance payments over a 360 calendar month period, or 300 months of insurance cover without a reference period.  

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