What is Sickness Benefit?
Sickness Benefit is a compensation to you for loss of earnings in a case where you are unable to work as a result of sickness.
While you are temporarily incapable of work, you may be entitled to claim this Benefit from Social Security.
When making a claim for Sickness Benefit it is important that you ask your doctor to complete the Social Security medical certificate on the day that you are examined. The certificate is part of the Social Security Benefit claim form that is available at all doctors offices and hospitals.
Who is Covered?
If you are between the ages of 16 and 62 years and you are in gainful employment, you are covered as an insured person under the Social Security Act.
Whether you are an employee working for an employer or a self-employed person, you are eligible to make a claim for Sickness Benefit once the qualifying conditions have been met.
If you are a person who makes voluntary contributions to the Social Security Fund, you will not be eligible to make a claim for Sickness Benefit during any period when voluntary contributions are being made.