A person becomes entitled to Sickness Assistance if s/he proves to the satisfaction of the Director of Social Security that s/he or any member of his/her household is suffering from a disease that could only be cured or alleviated by a special diet or regimen, which incurs an exceptional expenditure. Vide list.

What you'll get

For the schedule of Benefit Rates click here.


General eligibility criteria:

  • Capital assets of couples do not exceed €23,300 and €14,000 for single persons
  • Have a medical condition as already indicated in list
  • Weekly income is not to exceed €198,95 for couples and €175,04 for single persons
  • Patient must not be in employment and earning not more than €17.50 per week
  • In case of a couple where one of them receiving any of the Disability Assistances and is not employed, this assistance is ignored
  • In case of a couple where one of them is receiving Increased Carers Allowance and Carers Allowance, this allowance is ignored
  • To remain eligible for Sickness Assistance, a widow or widower, are to be already patients and in receipt of the assistance in their name

How to apply

Fill in the online form and submit.
Once the application is received and verified by the Department of Social Security, it is then referred for the recommendation of the Medical Board, appointed in accordance to the Social Security Act (Cap. 318.). Once the Board approves the claim, the procedure for payment is initiated. If the claim is rejected, the applicant is informed accordingly in writing.
In case of death of a spouse there is no need for a widow/er who already benefits from the Sickness Assistance, to reapply for the assistance. The payment will be automatically processed and paid without interruption.