Reimbursement of costs

What is the procedure for reimbursing treatment costs to the patient? Treatment costs are reimbursed in a variety of ways depending on whether or not you have travelled abroad to seek treatment or have required medically necessary treatment during your stay abroad (you have suddenly fallen ill during a holiday trip, for example). Only the […]

Treatment costs when you seek treatment in Finland

EU and EEA countries are liable to reimburse treatment provided in Finland. Other countries may reimburse treatment provided in Finland if it is provided in their national legislation. The treatment provider may charge you for treatment costs beforehand as an advance payment. The amount of this payment may not exceed the estimated treatment costs. You […]

Costs of medically necessary treatment

If you are residing in another Nordic country, you can present an identity card instead. If you are residing in Great Britain or Northern Ireland, you can present your passport instead. If you are residing in Australia, you will receive medically necessary treatment by presenting your passport. If you are residing in Quebec, Canada and […]

Treatment costs in Finland for foreign patients

A statutory client fee is always charged to patients in Finnish public health care. In addition to this, the actual costs of the treatment can be charged to you in the following cases: You have come to Finland to seek treatment and you do not have prior authorisation from your country of residence (form S2) […]

Costs of accompanying person’s accommodation in Finland and abroad

If you require an accompanying person for your treatment-related trip, Kela may also reimburse their travel costs. You will receive reimbursement for the accompanying person’s travel costs if the treatment personnel has determined that an accompanying person is necessary due to your illness. The accompanying person’s travel costs will also be reimbursed if the participation […]

Costs of assistive devices of health care services in Finland and abroad

In Finland, municipalities are most often responsible for handing over assistive devices to the residents of the municipality. Kela, the insurance institutions and employment pension institutes, employment services and the State Treasury will cover the costs of assistive device services for which they are responsible. In Finland, assistive device services are usually provided free of […]

Trips at the border of Norway and Sweden

Kela will reimburse your travel costs retrospectively according to a means of travel that is considered necessary. You can apply for reimbursement from Kela on form SV 128 for six months after your payment.

Return trip from another Nordic country

The health insurance institute in your country of residence will cover the additional costs of your trip home if you have become ill in another Nordic country and received medical care there. Reimbursements will be paid if a doctor’s certificate verifies that you require a more expensive means of travel for your return trip than […]

Travel relating to treatment provided abroad

You can receive reimbursement for travel costs, if they have been incurred from trips related to medical care, pregnancy care or childbirth care provided in an EU or EEA country or in Switzerland the cost of a one-way trip exceeds the deductible of EUR 25 you have paid all travel costs yourself. Kela will mainly […]

Reimbursement for treatment abroad

Receiving reimbursement usually requires that corresponding treatment would have been provided in Finland’s public health care or that it would have been subject to Kela reimbursement. The reimbursed treatment must be included in the service choices of the Finnish health care system. The Council for Choices in Health Care, established under the Ministry of Social […]