Comparative Study on Medical Disability, March 2013

The study was conducted for a center dealing with realization of medical rights.
The study examines the method of determining the benefits paid to people with major disabilities in western countries, including Germany, Spain, France, England and the United States.
The study examines the limit for receiving a disability pension (whether there is a minimum level of disability that only after passing it, an allowance can be earned). The study reviews the method of examination that is conducted to obtain eligibility: A Categorical Method in which any disability has a fixed disability rate, as opposed to more Flexible Methods in which all the information regarding the disability is considered (checking the ability to integrate into the labor market, or the personal functioning ability). The study also reviews the differences in the way of examining the disability (giving great weight to the patient’s private physician and diagnosis).
The study discusses the rate of patients with various diseases and the implications that this may have on social policy of the government in determining the benefits paid.

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