Sickness Assistance



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 down below:-

1. Malignant Diseases


2. Cardiovascular Diseases:

(a) congestive cardiac failure 
(b) persistent hypertension with a diastolic reading above 110 if left untreated

3. Endocrine:

(a) Addison’s Disease
(b) Juvenile Diabetes Mellitus
(c) Enzyme deficiency disorders

4. Renal:

(a) nephrotic syndrome
(b) chronic renal failure

5. Digestive system:

(a) chronic peptic ulcer
(b) coeliac disease and idopathic steatorrhea
(c) Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis

6. Diseases of the liver:

(a) hepatic cirrhosis associated with ascites or neurological symptoms
(b) Wilson’s Disease

7. Chronic Schizophrenia

(a) Bi-Polar Disorder
(b) Psychotic Depression

8. Infectious diseases:

(a) H.I.V. positive.

9. Miscellaneous:

(a) serious bodily or mental impairment arising from Diabetes Mellitus whether congenital or acquired
(b) all cases of diabetes
(c) terminal illness.


Payable to persons suffering from a chronic disease or condition as per attached list, and where a means and capital resources test is satisfied.


In order to apply for the Sickness Assistance, the person must fill in the prescribed application form (PA 201), which can be obtained from your local District Office.  Once completed, the form must be returned to the same office.

Documents Required

  • Copy of I.D. Card.
  • Photocopy of recent bank statements or any documents related with Stocks / Bonds or Funds.
  • In case, were claimant owns another property which is not being rented, a present market value issued by an Architect is to be produced.
  • Photocopy of all documents related with any agricultural fields (if any).
  • Photocopy of a chit (document) showing the annual income from a foreign pension.
  • In case, where the second property is being rented, a recent copy of rent book is to be produced.

Back Office Process

Once an application is received, it is verified, in order to ensure that all the criteria are fulfilled.  If the applicant’s resources satisfy the means tests, s/he will be submitted for recommendation before a Medical Panel, and if the Medical Panel approves, Sickness Assistance will be granted for life.  If the claim is accepted, procedures for payment are initiated.  If the claim is rejected, applicant is informed in writing accordingly.

Payment Dates

To check when is your next payment please visit this page by clicking here.

How to apply?

You can also call at any Social Security Office (view list here) and apply there.

Alternatively, you can download a copy of the form by visiting our  Application Form page.