If you receive follow-up treatment abroad after first receiving treatment in Finland, deliver the patient documents concerning your treatment to the party responsible for your follow-up treatment. In Finland, patient documents are usually provided in Finnish or Swedish. If necessary, have them translated into other languages.
Follow-up treatment may involve rehabilitation, follow-up inspections, laboratory tests or other types of medical follow-up.
If you receive follow-up treatment abroad, it will adhere to the treatment practices and legislation of the country in question.
Medically necessary treatment in Finland
You will receive necessary follow-up treatment in the same manner as the residents of Finland if you have received medically necessary treatment with the European Health Insurance Card (European Commission) during your temporary residence in Finland. You will receive treatment within public healthcare for the same customer fee as the residents of the municipality when you present your European Health Insurance Card to the treatment provider.
You can apply for reimbursement for the costs of private medical care retrospectively from Kela on form SV 127 for six months after your payment or from your own health insurance institute.
You will be responsible for the costs of follow-up treatment when seeking treatment in Finland
If you have arrived in Finland with the purpose of using healthcare services and you do not have prior authorisation (form S2), you will usually be responsible for the costs of follow-up treatment. You can apply for reimbursement retrospectively from you own health insurance institute.
If you have prior authorisation (form S2) for treatment provided in Finland, you will pay the same customer fees for the follow-up treatment as the residents of Finland.
Complications of treatment
Complications may mean that a patient requires more demanding treatment than was originally planned. Treatment in intensive care or new surgeries may be required, for example. Complications may extend the treatment time and increase treatment costs.
Complications may mean that treatment becomes urgent, in which case, the European Health Insurance Card will ensure that you receive treatment in the same manner and for the same customer fee as the residents of Finland.