How Disability Benefits are Assessed in Armenia

In Armenia, the health system currently categorizes disabled people according to one of three ranks. The first rank is the most serious. This rank helps the state determine how much they pay to each person. Currently 170,000 disabled people are registered and 90,000 should be able to continue working. This method is currently being replaced and it will take around two years to fully implement. Anyone who is labeled as “able to work” will be provided a job and they will lose their benefits. For children, the criteria measured are activeness and engagement.

The current system is considered very susceptible to abuse. In September, an investigation found that 65,000 people paid bribes to be classified as disabled. The bribes were the equivalent of between $37 and $370. This is much different than how disability benefits are assessed here in the US.