Receiving sickness benefit

If you become ill and you work for an employer, your employer will continue to pay your wages in most cases. In certain situations, you may be eligible for sickness benefit, for example if you become ill as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. Even if you do not work for an employer, you may be entitled to sickness benefit in certain situations, for example if you are receiving unemployment benefit (WW).

Last updated on 17 August 2021

Sickness benefit if you work for an employer

If you work for an employer, you have compulsory insurance cover for sickness. In most cases, your employer will continue to pay your wages in the event of sickness. In certain situations, you may be eligible for sickness benefit. Please consult the UWV website to find out about the different situations in which you will receive sickness benefit if you work for an employer (in Dutch).

Sickness benefit if you do not work for an employer

If you do not work for an employer, you may still be entitled to sickness benefit in some situations. Please consult the UWV website to find out about the different situations in which you can receive sickness benefit if you do not work for an employer (in Dutch).

Applying for sickness benefit

If you work for an employer and you are entitled to sickness benefit, your employer will make the application for sickness benefit for you.

If you do not work for an employer and you become ill, you must report your sickness to the UWV (in Dutch) within 48 hours. You will then receive a letter from the UWV within four weeks, confirming whether or not you are eligible for sickness benefit.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Law on sickness insurance

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