1. I spend extended periods of time at my holiday home in another municipality. Can I use the local health care services?

In an emergency, you have the right to receive emergency medical care anywhere in Finland. If you spend extended periods in the municipality where your holiday home is located, you may also receive non-emergency care at the health centre. In this case, however, your treatment must then be based on a care plan drawn up by your own health centre.

  1. So accessing non-emergency care requires a care plan. What is that?

A care plan is prepared together with the treating health care professional and is used to record the diagnosis, need for treatment, aim of the treatment and medication, for example. The things you must handle yourself are also agreed upon in the care plan. The health centre in the municipality where your holiday home is located will provide you with the specific treatments and tests included in your care plan.

  1. What do I do to get the treatment based on my care plan when I am staying at my holiday home?

Provide your own health centre with a written notice of changing your place of treatment. You must also send a written notice to the health centre in the municipality where your holiday home is located. The responsibility for treatment will be transferred within three weeks of the receipt of the notice.