Reintegration measures

These measures serve to improve earning capacity in a sustainable and significant way. In order to continue gainful employment or perform normal duties, insured persons are supported by the DI by means of various reintegration measures.

Please contact our Office before your departure abroad so that we may determine whether the right to the following benefits can be maintained after the change of residence.

Medical measures

The DI bears the expenses of all medical measures required to treat recognized congenital defects until the age of 20. Reimbursement will be in accordance with the tariffs of the social insurance in the country of residence, but equal only to the allowed maximum amount paid for the same services in Switzerland.

Children residing abroad whose parents work in Switzerland (e.g. cross-border workers) are in principle not covered by their parents’ contributions. Should you be in this situation, we will gladly inform you of the current legal dispositions.

Professional measures

Professional reintegration includes benefits such as vocational guidance, participation in training costs or professional retraining. When it comes to initial vocational training, the DI covers the additional costs caused by the disability.

The disability insurance pays daily indemnities to insured persons who undergo such measures. They are intended to guarantee their subsistence and that of their family members during the reintegration period.

Cross-border workers who had to cease gainful employment in Switzerland due to an accident or illness should go to the DI Office of the canton in which they worked.

When going abroad the insurance conditions required for granting professional measures are often no longer valid. For further information, please contact us.

Auxiliary means

A disabled insured person is entitled to auxiliary means necessary to continue their gainful employment or perform their normal duties (e.g. housework) or in order to develop maximum personal independence in everyday life.

Insurance coverage for auxiliary means often ends when taking up residence abroad. Loaned auxiliary means must be returned to a DI depot or bought back at their residual value. If, however, the right to auxiliary means can be granted to an insured person residing abroad, it will end when the person starts receiving an early OASI benefit or reaches retirement age (64 for women, 65 for men).

Before moving abroad, we kindly ask you to contact us.  

Last modification 06.10.2016

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