Treatment of chronic diseases abroad
A doctor or other health care professional in the place of treatment will determine what kind of care or clinical examinations will be required to treat your chronic condition.
The treatment provided for your chronic disease is always determined by the practices valid in the country in which you are residing. Treatment and related examinations are not necessarily the same as they would be in Finland.
With the European Health Insurance Card, you will pay the same client fee as local residents. If you have had to pay all treatment costs yourself, claim reimbursements from Kela within six months of paying the costs.
You are also free to seek treatment for a chronic disorder in an EU or EEA country or in Switzerland. If you travel abroad to seek treatment, Kela will reimburse some of the costs retrospectively in the same manner as for using private healthcare in Finland.
Your entitlement to treatment outside Europe is determined on the basis of the legislation of the country of destination. In countries other than an EU or EEA country, the United Kingdom or Switzerland, you are generally responsible for the costs incurred from treatment and examinations yourself.
Agree on treatment beforehand if advance arrangements are required
If your illness requires regular treatment while you are temporarily staying abroad, agree with the treatment provider beforehand on the arrangement of treatment. Treatments that need to be arranged in advance include, for example, dialysis, oxygen therapy, specialised care of asthma and chemotherapy as well as echocardiography in chronic autoimmune diseases.