Purchasing medication abroad

A medical prescription for purchasing medication abroad is issued using the name of the active substance in the medicine. The prescription can be issued using the trade name if the product in question is a biological medicine or if the use of the trade name is medically justified. The doctor in question must justify the […]

Reimbursement for medicines purchased abroad

In order to receive reimbursement for medicines purchased abroad, you must be covered by the Finnish health insurance. The reimbursement requires that a corresponding medicinal product has been classed as reimbursable in Finland. Medicine costs incurred abroad can also be reimbursed to persons who do not live in Finland but are covered by health insurance […]

Reimbursements for medicines purchased in Finland

Kela pays reimbursements for prescribed medicines, clinical nutritional products and basic ointments to people who reside in Finland and are covered by health insurance in the country. In some cases, reimbursements can be paid on the basis of international conventions to persons from outside the EU area. At any one time, Kela can only reimburse […]

Reimbursements for medicine expenses

Medicines are reimbursed in three categories: The basic reimbursement is 40 % of the medicine’s price or reference price. The lower special reimbursement is 65 % of the medicine’s price or reference price The higher special reimbursement is 100 % of the medicine’s price or reference price for the portion that exceeds the medicine-specific copayment […]

Buying medicines online

A pharmacy operating in Finland can sell medicines online if it has notified the Finnish Medicines Agency (Fimea) of the shop. Fimea maintains a (in Finnish) of legitimate online pharmacies in Finland. Buying medicines from the online shop of a foreign pharmacy If you order medication from another EU country, make sure that you place […]

Bringing medicines to Finland

You can bring prescription and self-administered medicines for personal use to Finland from abroad. a quantity equivalent to a year’s supply from an EEC country a quantity equivalent to three months’ supply from a non-EEC country The EEC countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, […]

Taking medicines abroad

Before your trip, you should determine any restrictions as there is variation between countries in terms of the quantities and types of medication you may bring with you. In addition to this, it is a good idea to find out about any rules and restrictions in any countries of transit. In some cases, an import […]

Using a foreign medical prescription in Finland

Prescriptions written in other EU or EEC countries or Switzerland must be filled in Finland if they carry the following information: patient’s surname, first name and date of birth prescription’s date of issue information on the prescribing professional: surname, first name, professional qualification, direct contact information (e-mail address and phone number or fax with the […]