Definition: Basic level of protection
A basic level of protection means the lower level of protection, without it being strictly understood as the level of resources allowing only the minimum socially acceptable standard of living. Basic old age schemes, for instance, typically guarantee either a flat-rate pension and/or a limited percentage of former earnings which may or may not be, supplemented by other provisions. In respect of medical care, basic schemes can either take charge of the lowest class of health care or compensate for only a specific fraction of its cost.
This definition is identical in versions 1996, 2008 and 2011 of the Manual
Eurostat, "ESSPROS Manual - The European System of integrated Social Protection Statistics", 2011 Edition, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2011