Entitlement to medical care

As an employee you are insured by your employer against occupational accidents. In cases of illness however, you are responsible to cover the costs of any doctor visits unless you have a municipality of residence in Finland or you are entitled to public healthcare services on the grounds of employment.

If you come to work in Finland from another EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you are entitled to public healthcare services for the duration of time that you are insured for earnings-related pension benefits or against employment accidents and unemployment in Finland. If you come from some other country than an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you are entitled to public healthcare services for the duration of time that you are insured for earnings-related pension benefits, against employment accidents and unemployment in Finland, and you have a residence permit or certificate issued by the Finnish Immigration Service that gives you a right to work. You are also entitled to medical care if you have a visa issued by a Finnish Embassy that gives you a right to work.

If you do not have a place of domicile in Finland, Kela's Centre for International Affairs can grant you a certificate that you can show to prove your right to medical care. The certificate is called Certificate of entitlement to medical care in Finland.

Employees who work in Finland but live in another EU or EEA country or Switzerland are entitled to necessary medical treatment in both Finland and the country of residence.

Entitlement to medical care for family members

Family members who move to Finland have a similar right to medical treatment as the family member who works in Finland.

Family members staying in Finland temporarily are entitled to public healthcare. They pay the same client fee as local residents. They are issued a certificate by Kela, and by presenting the certificate, they will receive healthcare. The certificate is called ‘Certificate of entitlement to treatment in Finland’.

How to apply for entitlement to medical care

  • Fill in and print the form Entitlement to healthcare when moving to Finland (SV 141e).
  • Fill in and print the form Moving to Finland (Y 77e).
  • Enclose additional documents in support of the application as necessary.
  • Mail the application along with all necessary supporting documents to Kela.