Rehabilitation benefits

Rehabilitation benefit may be awarded to an employee who – after cessation of the right to sickness allowance – is still incapable of work if there is a good prognosis as to the restoration of his or her earning capacity. It may be paid over a period not exceeding 12 months.

The rehabilitation benefit from sickness insurance may be awarded to persons covered by sickness insurance.
The rehabilitation benefit from sickness insurance is payable at a rate of:

  • 90% of the assessment basis of the sickness allowance – during a period of the first 90 days of its receipt,
  • 75% of this basis for the remaining period,
  • 100% of this basis – if the incapacity for work occurred during pregnancy.

The rehabilitation benefit from work accident insurance in the event of an incapacity for work caused by an accident at work or occupational disease is payable to persons covered by accident insurance, at a rate of 100% of the assessment basis.

The rehabilitation benefit is not payable inter alia to a person with an established entitlement to an old-age or disability pension, to unemployment benefit, pre-retirement allowance and benefit, health leave or teachers’ compensation benefit and to a person during unpaid or child-care leave.

The circumstances justifying the awarding of the right to rehabilitation benefit are judged and decided on by a ZUS appointed doctor. The interested party has the right to appeal against this ruling to the ZUS medical commission in the course of 14 days from the date the decision was received. In turn the president of ZUS may submit an application raising objections as to the correctness of the judgement sending the matter for examination by the ZUS medical commission within 14 days from the issuing of the decision by the ZUS appointed doctor.

The basis for the assessment of the rehabilitation benefit is the same as the assessment basis of sickness allowance after indexation.

In 2014 rehabilitation benefit was paid to a monthly average of 75.2 thousand persons, and its average monthly amount was PLN 1,416.82.

The expenditure on the rehabilitation benefits in 2014 amounted to PLN 1,279.4 million.

Rehabilitation benefits are payable by ZUS or by employers (employing more than 20 persons) or by the Social Insurance Institution, and are financed by the Social Insurance Fund.

 

(Note: 1 EUR = ca 4.32 PLN)