Ministry for Social Affairs
Minister Mauro Pedrazzini
Minister of Social Affairs
The Ministry for Social Affairs is responsible for social policy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. The Ministry was created in 2013 when the new government took office. It assumed the tasks of three departments that had existed until then: Social Affairs, Health, and Family and Equal Opportunities.
One of the main tasks of the Ministry for Social Affairs is social welfare and social insurance. The Ministry coordinates much of Liechtenstein’s social security system, including old age and surviving dependents’ insurance, health insurance and maternity allowances. Particular emphasis is placed on policies geared towards the older generation as well as on guaranteeing the financial capacity of the old age and surviving dependents’ insurance services.
In the field of health, the Ministry for Social Affairs is responsible for health policies and the hospital system. According to Article 18 of the Constitution, the State is responsible for public health services in Liechtenstein. This includes in particular the creation and constant improvement of the country’s health infrastructure (hospital treatment, service providers, insurers, pharmaceutical products, etc.), while at the same time avoiding overprovision, as well as monitoring and controlling the increasing healthcare costs.
The Ministry for Social Affairs is also responsible for decisions related to family policy, in particular concerning children and adolescents. The State assists families with a range of measures that include financial support, tax breaks, advice services for a range of difficult situations and different types of counselling.
A further area of focus within the Ministry for Social Affairs is equal opportunities. This encompasses equality in all areas of life between men and women as well as between disabled persons and other groups in society. The Ministry for Social Affairs actively strives to combat social deprivation.