Language and medical records

In what language are health care services provided? Is it the patient’s responsibility to be able to handle the interactions in an unfamiliar language? Each country applying the EU Patient Directive is only obliged to provide treatment in the official languages of the country. It is a good idea for patients to find out in […]

Language rights

Healthcare professionals are obliged to inform the customer concerning their state of health, the significance of the treatment, the different treatment options and other factors related to the treatment. If the customer and the treatment personnel do not have a common language, interpretation will be arranged if necessary. In Finland, the customer always has the […]

Language of treatment in Finland

Finnish and Swedish are the official languages in Finland and healthcare services are usually provided in these languages. However, healthcare professionals commonly speak English. Treatment is provided in Finnish or Swedish depending on whether the municipality or joint municipal authority arranging the services is monolingual or bilingual. In a bilingual municipality or joint municipal authority, […]

Language of treatment and interpretation

If you are seeking treatment abroad, find out in advance the language used in the place of treatment. You are usually responsible for the costs of any interpretation yourself if you have sought heath services in another country. If you become ill in an EU or EEA country or in Switzerland during a temporary stay […]