In Greece there are month 13 and month 14 payments which refer to:
Easter bonus must be paid by Holy Wednesday of each year. The period for which Easter bonus is calculated begins from the 1st of January 1st to the 30th of April each year. Employees whose employment relationship has lasted, without interruption, throughout this period are entitled to the Easter bonus that is equal to half of their monthly salary.
The employee is also entitled to receive leave allowance which cannot exceed the half-monthly salary. The leave allowance is calculated in accordance with sick leave days. If there are no sick leaves and the employee has an uninterrupted employment relationship starting from the 1st of January, then the leave allowance is equal to half-monthly salary and it is paid before the summer vacation, by the 25th of July at the latest.
The Christmas bonus must be paid by the 21st of December each year. The period for which Christmas bonus is calculated begins from the 1st of May to the 31st of December each year. Employees whose employment relationship has lasted without interruption throughout this period are entitled the whole Christmas bonus that is equal to one monthly salary.
The public healthcare system in Greece is relatively good, with public hospitals belonging to the social security system. The private hospitals for examinations or medical care are expensive if an individual does not have a private health insurance scheme, which can be taken out by private health companies existing in Greece.
Treatment is free under the public social security system or it has a small contribution for the employee. The Greek social security system’s pharmaceutical benefits provide medicines to users at a reduced cost. The user’s contribution ranges from 10% to 50% and the other amount is covered by the social security system.
Hospital treatment is free under the public social security system and patients also have a right to receive certain services, such as prostheses, orthopaedic appliances, transfusions and so on when required.
The state pension scheme is part of the social security system in Greece.
The pensions system is financed by a payroll tax on salaries. The employee pays 6.67% of their salary while employers must pay the equivalent of 13.33% of an employee’s salary into the pension scheme.