All employed persons (except au-pairs) are required by law to participate in the Health and Social Security Scheme, which also comprises a pension scheme.
Social security benefits in Austria cover unemployment, illness, invalidity, work accidents, work related illnesses, maternity, widowhood and pensions.
For detailed information contact the Association of Austrian Social Insurance Institutions:
Hauptverband der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger
Tel: +43 1 711 32
In general, persons employed in Austria and their immediate family members are covered by public health insurance. Further, individuals both receiving a pension from the Austrian Social Security Administration and residing in Austria are also covered by public health insurance. After establishing residence in Austria, a small portion of the pension is being withheld for this purpose. Special regulations apply to self-employed persons.
Persons who are not subject to compulsory insurance and are resident in Austria can register themselves for public health insurance by paying a monthly fee. The district health insurance fund for the province in which the applicant is resident is responsible for arranging this self-insurance.
Under EU/EEA regulations, if you have worked in two or more EU/EEA member states you may be able to combine any state pension contributions paid in each state to qualify for a state pension. For more information about pensions contact the Department for Work and Pensions in the UK or the Austrian Pension Insurance Institute:
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