The groups of the International Missionary Benefit Society may request exceptional assistance to supplement in part the reimbursement of very high expenses, for example hospitalisation or important dental, auditory or optical healthcare, to assist medical repatriations and to assist fragile congregations with fulfilling their obligation to assist their members in serious and onerous cases.
Each section contributes 0.5% of the contributions to the Social Fund.
The groups first make a request to the Social Fund committee of their section. This is level 1. Then according to the amount that remains to be paid, they can make a request to the IMS international Social Fund committee. This is level 2. The supplement paid is made up to a maximum amount of 50% of the remaining sum borne by the Groups as regards level 1 and the same too for level 2.
You too, please do not hesitate to submit requests when you have particular needs. The Social Fund committees will study your requests carefully.
For this, once they have received assistance from the IMS for this healthcare expenditure, the Group Manager compiles a folder to support the request and forwards it to their reference Section.
The Social Fund committees meet at least twice a year and for situations considered as exceptional, they may meet in an extraordinary session.
Between 2017 and 2020, 229 requests for aid were granted for a total amount of €1,012,355, 147 of which at level 1 for €833,566 and 82 at level 2 for €178,789. Most of this aid is for hospitalisations, medical evacuations and dental expenses.