Liechtenstein boasts a high standard of health care for citizens and residents of the country. The state health care system is funded by the government, offering individuals the opportunity to be treated by well trained staff and doctors. There are a number of private clinics on the island as well; however the majority of the population depends on the state to provide them with health care. The Office of Public Health is responsible for the health care services, overseeing and issuing licenses for medical and non-medical health care across the country.
The State Health Care System
Individuals who are permanent residents of Liechtenstein must contribute to the health care fund – similar to the social security system of other countries. Cross commuters from neighboring countries do not need to contribute to the health care system as they do not qualify as permanent residents. Employees as well as employers contribute a certain percentage of the salary into the health care fund. Unemployed individuals, old-age pensioners, those suffering from long term illness or those on maternity leave do not need to contribute to the health care fund. This state system provides medical services, some of which are listed below:
Treatment by specialists
Pregnancy and childbirth
Employed individuals over the age of 15 are entitled to cash sickness and maternity benefits from the state government.
Maternity benefits allow the individuals to receive a minimum of 80% of their earnings. This is paid over a period of 20 weeks.
In the event of sickness, the individual is entitled to receive 80% of their earnings. This is paid after 2 day period and lasts for a total of 720 days in 900 consecutive days.
Those who are working full time are entitled to receive medical benefits including specialist treatment, hospitalization, ambulance services, pharmaceuticals, maternity care and convalescence. There is no period of time to limit these services.