GlobalThe term entitlement program is heavily associated with the United States. In social market economies such as Luxembourg, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, France, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Germany and Netherlands similar laws and programs are referred to with different terms such as "social protection." The scope of these programs may include:
Workers compensation is a program that compensates workers for injuries and health problems related to their work. Employers pay into this and it benefits them because this is an alternative to lawsuits. In other words, workers can choose either to sue or to accept workers compensation.Child benefits seek to alleviate childhood poverty with monthly payments to parents for each child.A right to education typically spans K-12. Entitlement programs may go beyond this with free University and College for students below a certain family income. This may only apply to Universities and Colleges that are certified as reputable institutions. Alternatively, this may only apply to public universities and education programs funded by the government.
Universal Basic Income
Universal Healthcare Coverage
United StatesThe term entitlement program is more or less specific to the United States. The following are examples of entitlement programs in the US.
The list above is not exhaustive and doesn't include programs that may exist at the state and local level.
Child Tax Credit
Children’s Health Insurance Program
School Lunch Program
Social Security Disability Insurance
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Supplemental Security Income
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Workers' Compensation Programs
NotesEntitlement program is defined by the U.S. Senate as follows.
A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled.
~ U.S. Senate: Glossary Term | Entitlement, Web, Retrieved June 26, 2020
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A payment that a government is obliged to make to a person or government department.