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Sick leave, employment relationship and patient’s rights

If you have an illness that is considered serious or prohibits you from working for a prolonged period, you have to see a doctor. Financial support is available for persons on a long sick leave. An illness is not a justification for terminating an employment contract but a disability of work as a consequence of an illness can be that.

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Prolonged sick leave

If you have an illness that is considered serious or prohibits you from working for a prolonged period, you have to see a doctor. The doctor will give you a medical certificate that you need to get sickness allowance.

Illness and employment relationship

Your employer cannot fire you because you are ill, but if your illness makes you unable to work, in some cases the employer has the right to let you go.

Financial support when you are ill

Workers who earn a wage, self-employed persons and people who are unemployed have a right to sickness allowance. The amount of the allowance depends on your earlier income, if you had any.

Patient's rights and patient safety

Under the law, a patient has a right to good health care and medical care. The patient’s human dignity, religious and/or ethical beliefs and privacy are respected.