Rehabilitation benefits

The 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 is payable at a rate of:

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

The rehabilitati on 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 calculation 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-reti rement allowance and benefit, health leave or teachers compensatory benefit and to a person during unpaid or child-care leave.

The circumstances justi fying the awarding of the right to rehabilitation benefit are judged and decided on by ZUS evaluating doctor. The person concerned has the right to appeal against this ruling to the ZUS medical commission up to 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 ZUS evaluating doctor.

The rehabilitation benefit calculation basis is the same as the calculation basis of sickness allowance after adjustment.

In 2016 rehabilitation benefit was paid to a monthly average of 82.8 thousand persons, and its average monthly amount was PLN 1,535.16.

The expenditure on the rehabilitation benefi ts in 2016 amounted to PLN 1,525.2 million.

ZUS pays rehabilitation benefit to employees in companies employing up to 20 employees. In workplaces employing more than 20 employees rehabilitation benefit is paid by the employer. In both cases, the sickness benefit is financed from the Social Insurance Fund.

(Note: 1 EUR = ca 4.26 PLN)