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Economic Costs due to Incapacity for Work

Estimations of the costs of production losses: Salary costs and loss of labour productivity

The estimation of the economic loss of production caused by incapacity for work gives an impression of the potential for prevention. Here you can get information about its size in 2017.

Since 1994, and thus for the first time for 1993, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has estimated the macro-economic losses due to incapacity to work With an average incapacity for work of 16.7 days per employee, a total of 668.6 million days of incapacity for work occurred in 2017. Resulting from this volume of disability, BAuA estimates the total loss of production in the economy as a whole of € 76 billion, or the gross loss of € 136 billion.

The data base

The estimate is based on data from the national accounts (Statistical Federal Office) as well as on incapacity for work of about 31 million members of the statutory health insurance of the following statutory health insurance funds.

  • Allgemeine Ortskrankenkassen
  • Betriebskrankenkassen
  • Ersatzkassen
  • Sozialversicherung für Landwirtschaft, Forsten und Gartenbau als Träger der landwirtschaftlichen Krankenversicherung

The persons covered are compulsory and voluntary members of the statutory health insurance with sickness benefit claim, without pensioners and co-insured family members.

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Further Information


Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre Postbox 17 02 02 D-44061 Dortmund Germany
Phone: +49 231 9071-1971 Fax: +49 231 9071-2070

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