The federal government is currently also discussing a compromise on the reintegration of the long-term sick. It is striking that the various parties seem to agree with a policy whereby the sick person can also be sanctioned if he does not cooperate in the trajectory towards work. “But that’s only the very last step,” it sounds. “We do everything we can to get those people on board first.”
Hannes Heynderickx and Arnout Gyssels
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Our country currently has half a million long-term sick. This obviously costs a lot of money to social security and is not good for the well-being of the sick themselves. The federal government therefore wanted to use the budget talks to draw up a plan to guide a large number of those long-term sick back to work.
Minister of Social Affairs and Health Frank Vandenbroucke (Vooruit) already lifted a corner of the veil last week: GPs and health insurance funds will play an important role in determining what a long-term sick person can still do. For example, a sick person should gradually be able to return to work, if his health situation would allow it.
But there was one more important issue that the government had to agree on: what if someone interferes with that reintegration process? Various sources confirm to our editors that all actors involved can then be made responsible. Even workers, which is particularly sensitive to the French-speaking socialists of the PS. In concrete terms, the government will do everything it can to get sick employees on a journey back to work. But people who continue to refuse to cooperate could end up losing as much as 2.5 percent of their benefits.
Employers must then provide an action plan for their sick employees. Sanctions would only be possible there for large companies with more than 50 employees. In addition, there is also provision for making the health insurance companies and doctors more accountable.
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