The Musicians’ Sick Fund aims to promote the musicians’ ability to take care of their health and compensate lost earnings during their incapacity to work. The compensations paid by the sick fund are secondary to the compensations paid by Kela and the employer. The sick fund only compensates medical costs for treatment given in Finland.
The Musicians’ Sick Fund is intended for members of the Musicians’ Union aged 16 to 67. The Sick Fund is not intended for members in the ‘T’ fee category.
During their incapacity to work, the Musicians’ Sick Fund pays its members a daily allowance for each workday agreed before the illness until the start of the payment of Kela’s daily allowance. The waiting period for which Kela does not pay a compensation consists of the date of the onset of illness + nine following business days. The Sick Fund does not pay a daily allowance for the day when the incapacity to work begins, so there is no reason to apply for a daily allowance for a single day.
The Sick Fund’s daily allowance is secondary not only to the compensation paid by Kela but also to the sickness pay paid by the employer. According to the Employment Contracts Act, the employer is required, if the employment has lasted for less than a month, to pay half of the agreed salary.
The amount of full daily allowance is the amount of agreed salary, but no more than EUR 90.
If the member is entitled, during his or her sick leave, to receive a portion of his or her agreed salary from the employer, the member is paid a partial daily allowance. The amount of a partial daily allowance is the difference between a full daily allowance and the amount paid by the employer. Under current law, the employer is often required to pay at least a portion of the agreed salary if the employment relationship has begun before the illness.
The employer should use the form on the reverse side of the daily allowance application to report on its obligation to pay salary and give the details of lost income.
If the incapacity to work has lasted so long that you have become entitled to receive compensation from Kela, you must first submit an application to Kela. Subsequently, you may submit a daily allowance application to the Sick Fund to cover Kela’s waiting period. The application must be accompanied by Kela’s decision.
The attachments of the daily allowance application include your tax card, the employer’s certificate of lost workdays and salaries, and your original medical certificate. If you first apply for compensation from Kela, do not forget to ask Kela for a certified copy of the medical certificate for the Sick Fund.
The Sick Fund withholds income tax on paid daily allowances.
Dental care compensation
The Musicians’ Sick Fund compensates expenses for dental care or prosthetic dental care to those who have been its members for at least a year. Since 2021 the compensation is up to EUR 160 for expenses incurred during a calendar year. If the care is necessary in order to maintain professional competence or for aesthetic reasons required by the profession, it is possible to obtain additional compensation of up to EUR 110 for expenses incurred during a calendar year. What is necessary for professional competence is separately assessed in each individual case. For example, dental care given to wind players is, in most cases, considered necessary to maintain professional competence.
Dental care for front and canine teeth can be compensated on a aesthetic ground.
Dental care compensation is secondary to the compensation paid by the employer or Kela. For this reason, you should wait until you receive a reimbursement decision from elsewhere and only then submit an application to the Sick Fund for the non-reimbursed portion. The application must be accompanied by a receipt of the compensation paid by Kela or the employer.
When you submit a compensation application to the Sick Fund, you should always attach an itemised list of treatments provided by your dentist and the receipt for the payment of the dentist’s fee as original copies. If you submit the original documents to Kela, you must attach their copies certified by Kela to the application submitted to the Sick Fund.
If you receive annual compensation from your employer under, for example, the collective agreement, you must enclose the application with receipts for the use of the compensation in the year in question.
Compensation for hearing examination costs
The Musicians’ Union compensates its members who are not entitled to occupational health care for costs arising from the examination of their hearing up to EUR 45 every three years. If you receive full compensation for examination costs from elsewhere, that compensation is primary to the compensation received from the Sick Fund.
Other conditions for payment of this compensation include a six months’ membership in the Sick Fund and supporting documentation on the conducted examination and the costs incurred.
The Musicians’ Sick Fund compensates a portion of the purchase price of custom-fit ear protectors and in-ear monitors intended for professional use. Compensation will be paid to members of the Sick Fund who do not have an employer with a statutory health protection obligation to provide protection against noise.
So far, the following hearing protectors have been approved as protectors to be compensated:
- Orelo ER-10, ER-15, ER-25
- Fonic ER-25, ER-15, ER-9
- Elacin ER-15, ER-9 ja ER-25
- EARfoon Radioversio, EARfoon Multiclick
EARfoon Suomi Oy
- ACS ER-15, ACS ER-25, ACS Pro-sarja HF filttereillä, ACS HF15, ACS HF17, ACS HF20, ACS HF27
Kuulotekniikka Hakala Oy
- Bachmaier ER 9, 15, 25
The following in-ear monitors have been approved as monitors to be compensated:
InEar LivePro 2, InEar LivePro 3, InEar LivePro 4, InEar StageDiver 2, InEar StageDiver 3, InEar StageDiver 4 ja InEar ProPhile 8. www.kuuloverkko.fi/musiikki
The share of the Sick Fund is 50% of the purchase price of the hearing protectors, but no more than EUR 100.
- The compensation is subject to the following conditions: the applicant has been a member of the Sick Fund for at least 18 months
- the applicant is exposed to loud noise at work and needs hearing protectors to avoid damage to hearing
- the applicant has received a promissory note from the Sick Fund prior to the purchase of hearing protectors
- the applicant is going to purchase a hearing protector which is one of the above custom-fit in-ear brands suitable for use in music work
Procedure for applying compensation on hearing protectors
- Fill in the application form and submit it to the Union office. Click the link below to print the form or pick it from the Musicians’ Union office.
- The Musicians’ Sick Fund will process the application and, if approved, will give you a promissory note.
- After receiving the promissory note, you may purchase the hearing protectors.
- The buyer pays the deductible and the supplier of the hearing protectors charges what is left to the Sick Fund.
In-patient charges by hospitals and health centres
The Musicians’ Sick Fund compensates the in-patient charges by hospitals and health centres in accordance with the lowest payment category of a central hospital’s operational unit, other than a psychiatric unit, and for at most 10 days (treatment in an in-patient ward) for the same illness.
To be entitled to the compensation of in-patient charges, the person must have been a member of the Sick Fund for at least six months. The application must be enclosed with a receipt of the in-patient charges paid and a proof of the number of days spent in the ward.
You must submit an application for a compensation to the Musicians’ Sick Fund within six months of the date that you became entitled to compensation. After this deadline, the Board of the Sick Fund may only grant compensation for a special reason.
To apply for compensation, use the application form available at the Musicians’ Union office or online. The forms also list the attachments needed in various scenarios.
To get compensation for hearing protectors, you need to get a promissory note from the Sick Fund before purchasing them. Other compensations are paid against a receipt/medical certificate directly to the applicant.
Application forms are available at the Musicians’ Union office.
Attachments to the application
The main documents to be enclosed with the application include a medical certificate, an itemised list of treatments provided by a dentist, a receipt for a dentist’s fee or hearing examination, Kela’s reimbursement decision, a receipt for dental treatment paid by Kela and a description of any reimbursement received from elsewhere. Applications for a daily allowance must also be accompanied by your tax card and your employer’s statement on lost workdays. Applications for reimbursement of in-patient charges must be accompanied by a receipt of charges paid and proof of the number of days spent in the ward.
Waiting period is the minimum period that you must be a member before receiving compensation.
According to the rules of the Musicians’ Sick Fund, the daily allowance for incapacity to work, the in-patient charges by hospitals and health centres (treatment in an in-patient ward) and compensation for hearing examination costs can be paid to a person who has been a member of the Sick Fund for at least six months.
The costs of dental care can be reimbursed to a person who has a member of the Sick Fund for at least a year.
For a hearing protector compensation, the limit is an 18-month membership in the Sick Fund.