You need to have a municipality of residence in Finland to have access to public health care services. If you are a resident of a Finnish municipality, you have the same access to public healthcare and will be charged the same fees as other local residents, and your home country or nationality do not matter. If you are not a resident of a Finnish municipality, various factors, such as your home country, your residence or temporary/permanent stay in Finland and your possible assignments to Finland may affect your eligibility or the fees collected from you. Emergency health services are always available to all, but the actual treatment costs may be collected from you. See more about the municipality of residence on the Local Register Offices' web site.
Most of the information presented in this page is retrieved from the Infopankki service and edited to fit the local needs of the hospital district area.
People covered by a health insurance in another Nordic country are subject to the same fees and admission criteria as Finns, as long as they can present a valid identification certificate.
Citizens of EU/EEA and Switzerland
Citizens of other EU/EEA countries and Switzerland who are covered by a health insurance in their own country are eligible for essential health care in Finland, as long as they can present an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You are eligible for treatment related to pregnancy and childbirth with the same fees that apply to Finns if you have the card.
Employees and entrepreneurs
Depending on the duration and type of contract you have in Finland, you may be eligible for public health services. Employers in Finland have the duty to arrange preventive healthcare to their employees. In most cases, people employed in Finland for longer than four months are considered to be covered by the Finnish social security system. Trainees and au pairs and other short-term or low-pay workers are generally not considered to be meeting the conditions of regarding the terms of employment. See more about such criteria and conditions on the Kela web site.
If you come to study in Finland outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland area, you will most likely need a comprehensive national health insurance from your home country before you can get a residence permit in Finland. If your studies last for more than two years, you will usually receive a residence permit and be eligible for municipal health care. Student health care in Finland is organised by the Finnish Student Health Services (FSHS), and you can find more information about your eligibility for student health care on the FSHS web site. The FSHS is located at Kirkkotie 13 in Turku.
Refugees and asylum seekers
If you have come to Finland as a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees designated refugee, you will automatically be assigned a municipality of residence and have access to public health care services. If you are an asylum seeker and your application has not been processed, you cannot register as a resident of a municipality and cannot use public health services. Ask for more information in your reception centre.
The Global Clinic serves patients who are undocumented migrants and are not entitled to public health care in Finland. The clinic operates in Turku as well, but the location and opening hours are not disclosed to the public to protect the patients of the clinic. The services of the clinic are free of charge to the patient and the patient's information is not distributed to any other authorities, such as the police or immigration services.
The contact information of the Global Clinic.