Updated : 12/2012
Being posted to another EU country — whether you are an employee or self-employed — has no impact on your social security rights or your family’s (health cover, family allowance, disability or old age pension rights, etc.).
Moving abroad for the whole posting?
Just making short visits?
All you need is a European health insurance card. You can get one from your home-country healthcare provider or social security authority.
To avoid problems and misunderstandings that could have serious consequences, before you leave, find out about the social security system in the country you're going to:
Sergio from Italy has been posted to Luxembourg as a construction worker. His doctor in Luxembourg has given him 1 month's medical leave for a finger injury. But his Italian insurer claims that such an injury does not justify a month off work and has refused to pay benefits.
To clarify the situation, the Italian insurer can have a doctor of its choice examine Sergio and verify whether the sick leave is justified. The doctor must then send a report to Sergio’s insurer, who will be bound by the findings of both doctors.
Your unemployment benefit should be paid by your home country (the one from which you have been posted – which is responsible for your social security coverage).
You should receive:
or a national of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway
In this case, the 27 EU member states + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland