Sickness Assistance is payable to persons suffering from a chronic disease or condition that could only be cured or alleviated by a special diet or regimen, which incurs an exceptional expenditure. List of the diseases available in DSS Act Chapter 318, Schedule 5 Part 1.
A single person who has one of his parents in receipt of a pension and who suffers from a malignant disease or Bipolar Disorder or from a Psychotic Depression may be eligable for Sickness Assistance.
2. How to apply for Sickness Assistance?
Applications are available at District Offices and can also be downloaded from the website. After the application is duly filled it is to be submitted to the District Office together with the required documents.
3. Which documents might be requested?
- Photocopy of claimants’ ID card, and all ID numbers of all members living under the same roof
- Recent rent receipt, giving landlord’s details
- Information regarding bank accounts, investments, stocks, bonds etc. of all members forming part of claimants’ household, excluding those of employed members over 18 years of age
- Payslips of all members of the same household employed on a part-time basis
- Estimate of vacant property or rents received from such property
- Driving licence of claimant and wife/partner. If more than two vehicles’ are held, an estimate market value of each vehicle plus log books are requested
- Farmers Registration Card (FRC) or any other relative documentation
- Finalized separation contract and if such is not available, then an official document from lawyer stating claimants’ legal situation is to be produced.
4. Is the Sickness Assistance means tested?
Yes, Sickness Assistance is Means Tested and before awarding the benefit a Capital Test and a Weekly Means Test are carried out.
A household consisting of one family member or a number of persons who’s Head of household is either an unmarried person; separated person; single parent are not to exceed €14,000.
Head of household consisting of at least the h/h and partner/wife are not to exceed €23,300.
5. What are the capital assets that are taken into consideration?
- Financial resources both deposits and cash in hand (bonds, stocks etc.)
- Half bank deposits in children’s name who are unemployed
- Unoccupied properties/land for development
- More than one/two vehicles depending on the case
- Agricultural land
- Income derived from sale of property or other valuables.
6. What are those weekly means that are taken into consideration?
- Bank accounts in claimant’s name
- Any other income derived.
7. Are the applicants examined medically?
Yes, the patients are medically examined by the Medical Board of the Department of Social Security.
8. Can Sickness Assistance ever be stopped?
Yes, Sickness Assistance can be stopped when:
change in the financial position renders either capital resources or weekly means above scale rates;
the beneficiary dies;
the beneficiary is admitted to a Geriatric Hospital;
the beneficiary emigrates or leaves Malta;
the beneficiary is imprisoned;
the beneficiary marries a spouse who is employed;
the beneficiary commences work;
Medical Assistance is suspended when a patient travels abroad for treatment, but it will be restored when patient arrives back in Malta from date of last payment.