Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Money money money

Being on sick leave is getting old now and I must admit that even though I have gotten used to daytime television, I would like to be getting back to work as well. If only to make some money again!

In Norway (as in the Netherlands and most other European countries) when I have to go to hospital: it's free. I don't pay a penny towards care, towards medication, towards anything. Only when I come out of hospital do I start paying for my own medication. As well as not having to pay for my hospital stay, I get money for being sick. No, that is putting it wrong. I don't get money for being sick, however I do get sick pay. Because I do pay my taxes and the rent does need to be paid!

The only problem with my sick pay is that it is not the company I work for that pays it. Only the first month of my being sick is paid by the company, after that the social office takes over. The one that pays out pensions, disability pay, unemployment pay and more. The company I work for pays me around the third week of the month. The social office does not. My pay from the company (I still had some owed) was less than one tenth of my normal pay. It wouldn't even pay a third of the rent!

Fortunately I still had some money left over from last month and I had some savings left. I can't wait to get the rest of the money though, which is due this week. It's a good thing I have just stocked up on catfood!

So, it will be good to get back to work. Earn money. Fill up my accounts. Before my holiday money will be coming in in two months' time!


  1. The same rules here. The company pays for one month and then comes the social security of course not the full salary. I never was sick more than maybe a week, so I don't really know.

  2. Hari OM
    Diminishing returns... yes there is only so much 'being sick' that can be done, eh? Lovely catwalk shot.... YAM xx

    1. Fortunately the money that will be coming will add up to a similar amount I would normally have gotten. So, pretty good. I just hope it will be in my account soon!

  3. Glad you had some back up money. Hopefully that money will come through soon and you can continue to pay the bills. I bet you can't wait to get back to work. When do you start?

  4. Your system for sick pay sounds the same as here in the UK. As long as you have paid in enough tax and National Insurance contributions you are entitled to sick pay. I hope it's not too long before you return to work. Will you go back gradually until you are able to work a full time week again?

  5. Not sure how it works here but not like that I don't think.


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