Costs of assistive devices

Assistive device services are provided free of charge to the residents of a municipality. Abroad, you can receive a assistive device if you suddenly become ill. A fee is usually charged for assistive device services 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 that they are responsible for. In Finland, assistive device services are usually provided free of charge.

Assistive device services within public healthcare are provided free of charge to the residents of a municipality. Moreover, you are generally not responsible for the costs of the assistive device or its service, repair or replacement. Starting from 1 January 2016, the dispensing, fitting, replacement or servicing of an assistive device used as part of medical rehabilitation may be subject to a fee if the device is needed because of an accident at work, occupational disease, military injury, traffic accident or patient injury.

In foreign countries, you are usually responsible for all costs related to the assistive device or its use. The practices for the delivery of assistive devices vary by country. Kela will not reimburse the costs of assistive devices to the customer.

If you receive treatment in another EU or EEA country or in Switzerland with the European Health Insurance Card, you may receive access to the necessary assistive device as part of your treatment. In this case, you will generally not be liable for the costs of the assistive device; they will be invoiced as part of your costs of treatment.

Kela or public healthcare will not cover the costs incurred by a assistive device or its acquisition, use, service or repair abroad.