If you are taken ill, you are entitled to free care on board or ashore. The right to free care includes medical assistance, hospital treatment and dental treatment corresponding to the assistance and treatment eligible for state subsidy under the general rules applying in Denmark. The subsidy for dental treatment is 50%. If you want to see a doctor, your wish must normally be granted. In addition, you must be examined by a doctor, if the master demands it.
If you are left abroad, while you are ill, you must be put in the care of the closest Danish embassy or a similar Danish diplomatic mission, which will be in charge of your care until repatriation is possible. If you are taken ill during service, you may be dismissed if your sickness prevents you from carrying out your job for an extended period of time. The definition of “an extended period of time” is determined in each individual case. Normally, the master can base the decision on a medical certificate. If you are dismissed due to sickness, you are entitled to free repatriation. If you are not resident in Denmark, you are entitled to a free journey to the place of engagement.
Free repatriation includes
- Transportation from the location you were at when you were dismissed to the repatriation destination.
- Board and lodging during the journey, during your stay at the place of departure, while you are waiting for the journey to be arranged and until your arrival at the repatriation destination.
- Transportation of up to 30 kg of personal effects, but not of other items acquired during the journey.
If you are in service when you are taken ill, you are entitled to sick pay for a maximum period of 16 weeks or until the termination of service if you are still unfit for service. If you are dismissed due to sickness, you are also entitled to sick pay from your employer while you are unfit for service, but for no longer than 16 weeks.
Sick pay includes the basic pay, seniority allowance, pension contribution and any education contribution. It does not include allowances paid for special service or for particularly hard and burdensome work or the like. You are not entitled to pay and have to pay the expenses for your return journey yourself if you have deliberately failed to disclose an illness or in case of self-inflicted illness.