Health Care System in Finland


In Finland there are two systems of health care, public and private. The main healthcare system in Finland consists of municipal health services. Alongside the municipal system, private and occupational health services are also provided. Neither is completely free of charge. The quality of service in Finnish health care is considered to be good. Permanent residents of Finland are registered for residence-based social security at their local Kela office to obtain the national sickness insurance card (Kela card) and are entitled to residence-based social security benefits. Social and Health Services in Finland

When students have a municipality of residence in Finland they will be able to receive health centre and hospital services at the same price as Finns. If you do not have a municipality of residence, you will have to apply for compensation from your insurance company. It is recommended that you examine the terms and conditions of your health insurance agreement carefully! Students should establish in detail what compensation the insurance provides and which procedures they must follow if they require hospital treatment or health centre services. For example, some insurance companies must be contacted before they will allow clients to receive care.

Even though you may have a municipality of residence in Finland you will not be automatically covered by the Finnish Social Security system, and therefore you will not be able to receive benefits such as e.g. student grants. 

 Before entering Finland you have to have the following vaccinations: polio (4 vaccinations), tetanus-diphteria (less than 10 years old) and mpr x 2 (measles-partitis-rubella). Bring the vaccination certificates in English with you. 

 The Emergency Phone Number in Finland is 112.