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Medical reimbursements and salary during sick leave

If you take paid sick leave, your employer needs to reimburse you for medical consultation fees and pay your salary.

Medical reimbursement

In accordance with the Employment Act, if you have worked for at least 3 months:

  • Your employer must bear the cost of your medical consultation fee.
  • Your reimbursement for other medical costs, such as medication, will depend on the medical benefits in your employment contract or the company’s collective agreement with its union.
  • If you fall sick during public holidays, annual leave, rest days or non-working days, you’ll be able to claim reimbursement for medical consultation fees.
Employers are not required to grant paid sick leave or pay medical consultation fees for cosmetic procedures. The doctor performing the examination will decide whether a procedure is for cosmetic reasons.

Salary during sick leave

If you are on paid hospitalisation leave, your employer has to pay you at your gross rate of pay. If you are on paid outpatient sick leave, your employer has to pay you at your gross rate of pay, excluding any shift allowance.

For monthly shift allowances, you should consult your employer and union on whether you can continue to receive the shift allowance during your sick leave period.

Last Updated: 12 September 2017