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The MISSOC Comparative Tables Database contains detailed information on social protection in 32 countries, structured into 12 main chapters (tables): financing, healthcare, sickness, maternity/paternity, invalidity, old age, survivors, accidents at work and occupational diseases, family, unemployment, guaranteed minimum resources and long-term care. Each table is divided into numerous topics (categories) dealing with aspects such as legal basis, personal scope, eligibility conditions, amount of benefits etc.

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The information is updated on a biannual basis with validated information for the situation on 1 January and 1 July of each year.
   
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  • ALL COUNTRIES
    • ALL EU COUNTRIES
      • Austria
      • Belgium
      • Bulgaria
      • Croatia
      • Cyprus
      • Czech Republic
      • Denmark
      • Estonia
      • Finland
      • France
      • Germany
      • Greece
      • Hungary
      • Ireland
      • Italy
      • Latvia
      • Lithuania
      • Luxembourg
      • Malta
      • Poland
      • Portugal
      • Romania
      • Slovakia
      • Slovenia
      • Spain
      • Sweden
      • The Netherlands
      • United Kingdom
    • ALL EFTA COUNTRIES
      • Iceland
      • Liechtenstein
      • Norway
      • Switzerland
  • ALL TABLES
    • I. FINANCING
      • Financing principle ()
        • 1. Sickness and maternity: Benefits in kind
        • 2. Sickness and maternity: Cash benefits
        • 3. Long-term care
        • 4. Invalidity
        • 5. Old-age
        • 6. Survivors
        • 7. Accidents at work and occupational diseases
        • 8. Unemployment
        • 9. Family allowances
      • Contributions of insured and employers
        • 1. Overall contributions ()
        • 2. Sickness and maternity: Benefits in kind
        • 3. Sickness and maternity: Cash benefits
        • 4. Long-term care
        • 5. Invalidity
        • 6. Old-age
        • 7. Survivors
        • 8. Accidents at work and occupational diseases
        • 9. Unemployment
        • 10. Family allowances
        • 11. Other special contributions ()
      • Public authorities'participation ()
        • 1. Sickness and maternity: Benefits in kind
        • 2. Sickness and maternity: Cash benefits
        • 3. Long-term care
        • 4. Invalidity
        • 5. Old-age
        • 6. Survivors
        • 7. Accidents at work and occupational diseases
        • 8. Unemployment
        • 9. Family allowances
        • 10. General non-contributory minimum
      • Financing systems for long-term benefits ()
        • 1. Invalidity
        • 2. Old-age
        • 3. Survivors
        • 4. Accidents at work and occupational diseases
    • II. HEALTH CARE
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Basic principles
      • Field of application
        • 1. Beneficiaries
        • 2. Exemptions from compulsory insurance ()
        • 3. Voluntarily insured
        • 4. Eligible dependants ()
      • Conditions
        • 1. Qualifying period ()
        • 2. Duration of benefits
      • Organisation
        • 1. Doctors:
          • Approval ()
          • Remuneration ()
        • 2. Hospitals
      • Benefits
        • 1. Medical treatment:
          • Choice of doctor
          • Access to specialists
          • Payment of doctor ()
          • Patient charges
          • Exemption or reduction of patient charges
        • 2. Hospitalisation:
          • Choice of and access to hospital
          • Patient charges
          • Exemption or reduction of patient charges
        • 3. Dental care:
          • Treatment
          • Dental prosthesis
        • 4. Pharmaceutical products
        • 5. Prosthesis, spectacles, hearing-aids
        • 6. Other benefits
    • III. SICKNESS - CASH BENEFITS
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Basic principles
      • Field of application
        • 1. Beneficiaries
        • 2. Earnings ceiling for insurance coverage ()
        • 3. Exemptions from compulsory insurance ()
      • Conditions
        • 1. Declaration of incapacity for work
        • 2. Qualifying period ()
        • 3. Other conditions
      • Waiting period ()
      • Benefits
        • 1. Continued payment by the employer
        • 2. Benefits of social protection
          • Amount of the benefit
          • Duration of the benefit
          • Special conditions for unemployed
          • Death grant ()
          • Other benefits
      • Taxation and social contributions
        • 1. Taxation of cash benefits ()
        • 2. Limit of income for tax relief or tax reduction ()
        • 3. Social security contributions from benefits ()
    • IV. MATERNITY/PATERNITY
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Basic principles
      • Field of application
        • 1. Benefits in kind
        • 2. Cash benefits
      • Conditions
        • 1. Benefits in kind
        • 2. Cash benefits
      • Benefits
        • 1. Benefits in kind
        • 2. Paid maternity/paternity leave
          • Duration of leave
          • Continued payment by the employer
        • 3. Cash benefits
      • Taxation and social contributions
        • 1. Taxation of cash benefits ()
        • 2. Limit of income for tax relief or tax reduction ()
        • 3. Social security contributions from benefits ()
    • V. INVALIDITY
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Basic principles
      • Field of application
      • Exemptions from compulsory insurance ()
      • Risk covered
      • Conditions
        • 1. Minimum level of incapacity for work
        • 2. Possibility of review
        • 3. Period for which cover is given
        • 4. Qualifying period ()
      • Benefits
        • 1. Determining factors for the amount of benefits
        • 2. Calculation method, pension formula or amounts
        • 3. Reference earnings or calculation basis
        • 4. Non contributory periods credited or taken into consideration ()
        • 5. Supplements for dependants (spouse, children, other dependants)
        • 6. Minimum pension
        • 7. Maximum pension
        • 8. Other benefits
      • Indexation ()
      • Accumulation with other social security benefits
      • Accumulation with earnings from work
      • Return to active life
        • 1. Rehabilitation, retraining
        • 2. Preferential employment of persons with disabilities
      • Taxation and social contributions
        • 1. Taxation of pension benefits ()
        • 2. Limit of income for tax relief or tax reduction ()
        • 3. Social security contributions from pension ()
    • VI. OLD-AGE
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Basic principles
      • Field of application
      • Exemptions from compulsory insurance ()
      • Conditions
        • 1. Qualifying period ()
        • 2. Conditions for drawing full pension ()
        • 3. Legal retirement age
          • Standard pension
          • Early pension ()
          • Deferred pension ()
      • Benefits
        • 1. Determining factors
        • 2. Calculation method or pension formula
        • 3. Reference earnings or calculation basis
        • 4. Non-contributory periods credited or taken into consideration ()
        • 5. Supplements for dependants (spouse, children, other dependants)
          • Other dependants
        • 6. Special supplements
        • 7. Minimum pension ()
        • 8. Maximum pension ()
        • 9. Early pension ()
        • 10. Deferment ()
      • Indexation ()
      • Partial pension ()
      • Accumulation with earnings from work
      • Taxation and social contributions
        • 1. Taxation of pension benefits ()
        • 2. Limit of income for tax relief or tax reduction ()
        • 3. Social security contributions from pension ()
    • VII. SURVIVORS
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Basic principles
      • Field of application
      • Exemptions from compulsory insurance ()
      • Entitled persons
      • Conditions
        • 1. Deceased insured person
        • 2. Surviving spouse
        • 3. Divorced spouse
        • 4. Surviving partner or cohabitant
        • 5. Children
        • 6. Other persons
      • Benefits
        • 1. Surviving spouse, Divorced spouse, Surviving partner
        • 2. Surviving spouse: remarriage
        • 3. Orphan children (having lost one parent, having lost both parents)
        • 4. Other beneficiaries
        • 5. Maximum for all those entitled to benefits ()
        • 6. Other benefits
        • 7. Minimum pension
        • 8. Maximum pension
      • Taxation and social contributions
        • 1. Taxation of cash benefits ()
        • 2. Limit of income for tax relief or tax reduction ()
        • 3. Social security contributions from benefits ()
    • VIII. ACCIDENTS AT WORK AND OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Basic principles
      • Field of application
        • 1. Beneficiaries
        • 2. Exemptions from compulsory insurance ()
      • Risks covered
        • 1. Accidents at work
        • 2. Travel between home and work ()
        • 3. Occupational diseases
      • Conditions
        • 1. Accidents at work
        • 2. Occupational diseases
      • Benefits
        • 1. Temporary incapacity:
          • Benefits in kind
            • Choice of doctor or hospital
            • Payment of costs and contribution by person involved
          • Cash benefits
            • Waiting period ()
            • Duration of benefits
            • Amount of the benefit
        • 2. Permanent incapacity
          • Minimum level of incapacity giving entitlement to compensation
          • Possibility of review
          • Reference earnings or calculation basis
          • Amount or formula
          • Supplements for dependants
          • Supplements for care by another person
          • Redemption ()
          • Accumulation with new earnings from work
          • Accumulation with other social security benefits
        • 3. Death
          • Surviving spouse
          • Orphans
          • Dependent parents and other relatives
          • Maximum for all beneficiaries ()
          • Capital sum on death ()
        • 4. Rehabilitation
        • 5. Other benefits
      • Indexation ()
      • Taxation and social contributions
        • 1. Taxation of cash benefits ()
        • 2. Limit of income for tax relief or tax reduction ()
        • 3. Social security contributions from benefits ()
    • IX. FAMILY BENEFITS
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Child benefit ()
        • 1. Basic principles
        • 2. Field of application: beneficiaries
        • 3. Conditions
          • Residence of the child
          • Other conditions
        • 4. Age limit
        • 5. Benefits
          • Monthly amounts
          • Variation with income
          • Variation with age
        • 6. Special cases: (unemployed persons, pensioners, orphans)
      • Child-raising allowances ()
        • 1. Basic principles
        • 2. Field of application: beneficiaries
        • 3. Conditions
        • 4. Amounts of benefits
      • Child care allowances ()
        • 1. Basic principles
        • 2. Field of application: beneficiaries
        • 3. Conditions
        • 4. Amounts of benefits
      • Other benefits
        • 1. Birth and adoption grants
        • 2. Allowance for single parents
        • 3. Special allowances for children with disabilities
        • 4. Advance on maintenance payments ()
        • 5. Other allowances
      • Indexation ()
      • Taxation and social contributions
        • 1. Taxation of cash benefits ()
        • 2. Limit of income for tax relief or tax reduction ()
        • 3. Social security contributions from benefits ()
    • X. UNEMPLOYMENT
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Basic principles
      • Field of application
      • Total unemployment ()
        • 1. Conditions
          • Main conditions
          • Qualifying period ()
          • Means test ()
          • Waiting period ()
        • 2. Benefits
          • Determining factors
          • Earnings taken as reference and ceiling
          • Rates of the benefits
          • Family supplements
          • Other supplements
          • Duration of benefits
      • Partial/temporary unemployment ()
        • 1. Definition
        • 2. Conditions
        • 3. Rates of the benefits
      • Benefits for older unemployed
        • 1. Measure
        • 2. Conditions
        • 3. Rates of the benefits
      • Benefits for young unemployed
      • Benefits promoting labour market integration
      • Sanctions ()
      • Indexation ()
      • Accumulation with other social security benefits
      • Accumulation with earnings from work
      • Taxation and social contributions
        • 1. Taxation of cash benefits ()
        • 2. Limit of income for tax relief or tax reduction ()
        • 3. Social security contributions from benefits ()
    • XI: GUARANTEED MINIMUM RESOURCES
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Basic principles
      • Entitled persons / beneficiaries
      • Conditions
        • 1.Nationality
        • 2.Residence
        • 3.Age
        • 4.Means-related conditions ()
          • Rights in rem (real property)
          • Personal property (movable assets)
          • Income and (other) benefits
          • Exhaustion of other claims ()
          • Exemption of resources
        • 5.Requirements for job search, vocational training and behaviour modification
        • 6.Other conditions
      • Cash benefits
        • 1.Determining factors
          • Level and sufficiency of actual resources ()
          • Domestic unit for calculation of benefits ()
          • Impact of family composition
        • 2.Amounts
        • 3.Duration and time limits
        • 4. Indexation ()
      • Housing and heating allowances
      • Assessment of claims
      • Recovery of benefits
      • Special rights in health care
      • Taxation and social contributions
        • 1.Taxation of cash benefits ()
        • 2.Limit of income for tax relief or tax reduction ()
        • 3.Social security contributions from benefits ()
    • XII. LONG-TERM CARE
      • Applicable statutory basis
      • Basic principles
      • Risk covered
        • Definition
      • Field of application
      • Conditions
        • 1. Qualifying period ()
        • 2. Means test ()
        • 3. Minimum level of dependency
        • 4. Age
        • 5. Duration of benefits
      • Organisation
        • 1. Evaluators
        • 2. Providers • informal caregivers • professional providers
        • 3. Evaluation of care dependency
          • indicators
          • categories
      • Benefits in kind
        • 1. Home care
        • 2. Semi-residential care
        • 3. Residential care
        • 4. Other benefits
      • Cash benefits
        • 1. Amount
        • 2. Discretionary use ()
      • Combination of benefits
        • 1. Mixed benefits ()
        • 2. Free choice between cash and benefits in kind
      • Accumulation
        • 1. Accumulation of cash benefits with benefits in kind
        • 2. Accumulation with other social security benefits
      • Benefits for the carer
      • User charges
      • Taxation
   
 
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