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French Equivalent: Régimes de sécurité sociale

Social security schemes are schemes imposed and controlled by government units for the purpose of providing social benefits to members of the community as a whole, or of particular sections of the community.

They generally involve compulsory contributions by employees or employers or both, and the terms on which benefits are paid to recipients are determined by a government unit. Social security funds have to be distinguished from other social insurance programmes which are determined by mutual agreement between individual employers and their employees.

OECD Health Data 2007: Statistics and Indicators for 30 Countries, OECD, Paris, 2007, Data sources, definitions and methods.

Source Publication:
SNA 8.64.


Statistical Theme: Social and welfare statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, July 26, 2007