In Belgium, affiliation to a social insurance fund and to a health insurance fund is compulsory for all self-employed persons who are self-employed as a main occupation or who have a company. By paying social security contributions every quarter, you establish your right to social security.
In doing so, you benefit from protection and compensation that can be of great help depending on the situation you find yourself in.
Reimbursement of medical expenses
Regardless of whether a visit to the doctor or a more serious intervention
is involved, the social security system for the self-employed reimburses the medical expenses of self-employed persons, as well as of their helper.
Benefits in the event of illness or accident
An illness or an accident can prevent self-employed persons from working. And no work means no income! Social security provides an allowance for work incapacity
. At Securex, we go even further by offering you an additional replacement income.
Child benefits and childbirth allowance
Whether being an employee or self-employed, each Belgian parent
is entitled to receive child benefits until their child reaches the age of 25 (under certain conditions). The amount of the benefit depends on the number of children, the age of the child and his or her actual situation.
Maternity assistance and maternity benefit
Since 2017, young self-employed mothers
are entitled to several benefits via their social insurance fund, such as: 105 free service vouchers, a childbirth or adoption allowance and exemption from social security contributions for the quarter following childbirth.
By paying their social security contributions throughout their career, self-employed persons are entitled to a statutory pension. However, this remains low and insufficient to maintain your standard of living. Securex offers you several supplementary pensions to help you enjoy your well-deserved rest.
Survivor's pension and transitional allowance
A surviving spouse of a deceased self-employed person
is entitled to a survivor's pension with the condition of having reached a minimum age (48 in 2021), or to a transitional allowance, if they have not. The amount received depends on the age of the survivor, the career and income of the deceased and the length of the marriage.
The bridging allowance is a monthly allowance paid for a maximum of 12 months. It applies in the event of bankruptcy, but also in the event of forced cessation of activities
. The self-employed person then retains some of his or her social rights without having to pay social security contributions.
Payment for informal care
Self-employed persons who have to stop working totally or partially
because of serious illness, a disabled child or to receive palliative care can apply for this monthly allowance, which is still not widely known.