It has been necessary since 1 January 2001 to pay supplementary health insurance contributions for certain dependents.
Supplementary contributions are to be paid for:
- Registered partners
- Life partners
- Family members of the insured person who are involved in housekeeping for the insured person: this includes parents and elective, step- and adoptive parents, children, elective, step- and adopted children, grandchildren and siblings of the insured person
No supplementary contributions are required for:
- Co-insured children and elective, step- and adopted children and grandchildren of the insured person.
- The spouse, registered partner, life partner, or housekeeping relative of the insured person where certain legal requirements apply.
- Dependents of persons who are considered socially vulnerable in accordance with the guidelines of the Main Association (e.g. persons in receipt of income support, persons exempted from payment of the prescription charge). This will be particularly the case if the monthly net income of the insured person is below the income support threshold for married couples.
- Dependents of insured persons who are in receipt of sickness benefit, maternity benefit, maternity leave benefit, childcare benefit, unemployment benefit or income support.
- Periods during which the insured person is doing national service or community service.
If the insured person has more than one occupation each of which provides insurance cover, the supplementary contribution must be paid for each occupation.
The supplementary contributions are not paid to health insurance providers but are used, as part of the federal budget, to finance health care facilities.