Kela’s web pages about medical treatment in international situations have been updated with new information


How can you use healthcare services abroad? Who pays for the treatment? Visit the updated Kela pages. An updated section on  is now available in Finnish, Swedish and English on Kela’s website at The updated pages are part of a broader project to redesign Kela’s website; earlier in June an updated extensive section on […]

Have your say on the communications of the Contact Point for Cross-Border Healthcare by answering a survey


Is the use of health care services abroad familiar to you? From where have you searched for information about the health services in Europe or even further away? How and from where should the information be provided? Now you have the opportunity to express your opinion on the use of health care services abroad by […]

New Border Act progresses to Parliament


The Government is proposing amendments to the Act on Cross-Border Health Care, also referred to as the Border Act, and the Health Insurance Act. The basic principle is that the costs of health services received abroad would be reimbursed only when the service is included in the health services offered in Finland. This would mean […]

Follow the Contact Point for Cross-Border Health Care on Twitter


The Contact Point for Cross-Border Health Care has opened a Twitter account. Follow us: @rajayhteyspiste. The first Tweet was sent on 4 May and was seen by over 3,000 Twitter users. The new Twitter account focuses on sharing information about using health services in Finland and abroad. Come and retweet, follow and discuss our tweets! […]

Reimbursements under the health insurance scheme for dental care provided abroad: Estonia remains the most popular dental care destination


EU legislation makes it possible for Finns to seek dental care in another EU or EEA country or in Switzerland. You can seek dental care either with a prior authorisation granted by Kela or independently. If you visit a dentist independently, you can apply for reimbursement from Kela on the same grounds as for dental […]

Persons without a municipality of residence have the right to use health care services by paying the client fee


One of the special characteristics of our public service system has been the arrangement of health care services according to the place of residence. The services are local and provided to the residents of the municipality in question. Everyone covered by the Finnish health insurance is entitled to receive health care reimbursements. Foreigners without a […]