Journal article

Too sick to work, too healthy to qualify: a cross-country analysis of the effect of changes to disability benefits.

Natasja Koitzsch Jensen, Henrik Brønnum-Hansen, Ingelise Andersen, Karsten Thielen, Ashley McAllister, Bo Burström, Ben Barr, Margaret Whitehead, Finn Diderichsen

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health | BMJ | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Denmark and Sweden have implemented reforms that narrowed disability benefit eligibility criteria. Such reforms in combination with increasing work demands create a pincer movement where in particular those with moderate health problems might be unable to comply with work demands, but still not qualify for permanent disability benefits, ending up with temporary means-tested or no benefits. This paper examines whether this actually happened before and after the reforms. METHODS: The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) study waves 1-2 and 4-6 in Denmark and Sweden for the age group 50-59 years (N=5384) was used to analyse changes in employment rates and benefi..

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