The Seoul-type Paid Sick Leave Support project is now in operation, paying the living wage of Seoul (as of 2019, KRW 81,180 per day) for up to 11 days per year (10 days for hospitalization and 1 day for the Health Insurance Corporation physical examination) to the vulnerable labor group (receiving a median income of less than 100%), including dayworkers, economically dependent workers, and small business owners, who have not been able to receive medical care because they couldn’t use sick leave. The target individuals can apply for the service at a local community service center or public health center. Seoul City made an agreement with 15 small business organizations and dayworkers’ organizations on June 3 to pursue the Seoul-type Paid Sick Leave Support project to more carefully activate Seoul Care, taking care of working citizens.
The Seoul-type Paid Sick Leave Support is an innovative initiative to prevent vulnerable worker groups from being deprived of medical services. With this service, the first of its kind in the nation, the city provides laborers and business owners who can’t benefit from sick leave as defined in the Labor Standards Act or have been living in a welfare dead zone with partial living expenses for up to 11 days per year (10 days for hospitalization and 1 day for the Health Insurance Corporation physical examination).
As of 2016, the percentage of permanent employees who benefit from paid leave is 74.3%, compared to 32.1% for temporary workers. Low-income workers and small business owners who do not have paid leave abandon the chance to receive medical care when they catch diseases, which has become a cause of an increase in social costs as their diseases become serious.
Seoul City started the Seoul-type Paid Sick Leave Support project, the first of its kind in the nation, as a key project of the Comprehensive Plan for Healthy Seoul that was announced by Mayor Park Won Soon in April 2019, in order to guarantee non-discriminatory rights to health and ensure the minimum social security for vulnerable laborers and small business owners who cannot receive treatment even when they are sick.
One’s income and property should be considered when determining if one’s “median income is less than 100%.” ▲ The income should be calculated according to the income standard chart according to the size of the household that was announced by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2019 and ▲ the property should be less than KRW 250 million. Both criteria should be met in order to receive the service. If a person who works as a delivery person belonging to a three-person household with a monthly income of KRW 3.5 million living in a home rented through the Jeonse system (key money of KRW 240 million) injures his/her leg and was hospitalized, he/she can receive KRW 811,800 from the Seoul-type Paid Sick Leave Support service.
Applicants should visit the community service center or the public health center in the area he or she lives in. The application form is downloadable from the website of Seoul, autonomous districts, public health centers, and community service centers. One should fill out the form and submit it via drop off, registered mail, or fax.