As of 1 July 2016, the Unemployment Insurance Fund launched the work capability assessment for people with decreased work capability and the payment of work capability allowance.
In 2016 the Fund only assessed the work capability of those who had not been assessed as having incapacity for work in the previous five years.
As of 1 January 2017, work capability is solely assessed by the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
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Principles and methodology
The new methodology for the assessment of working ability is based on the principle that every individual is unique and the same disability or illness may manifest itself very differently in different people. Upon assessing working ability, your state of health and restrictions on activity and participation arising therefrom are taken into account. This includes an assessment of your physical and mental abilities in different areas.
Doctor’s visit and submission of application for assessment of working ability
You need to have visited your general practitioner, a medical specialist or an occupational health doctor in the six months prior to submitting an application for the assessment of your working ability. The doctor describes your state of health and enters your health data into eHealth. After this, you can fill in the application for the assessment of your working ability and submit it to the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The application includes a description of your active ability and restrictions thereon in different areas and activities.
Your working ability is assessed by a medical expert who is not an employee of the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The fund orders the preparation of expert opinions from health care providers.
The medical expert assesses your working ability on the basis of your application and health data, requesting, if necessary, further information from other doctors and specialists who have treated you.