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Grounds for Eveliina’s right to treatment
Eveliina is covered by Finnish national health insurance, so Finland pays the costs of her medical care and has granted her a European Health Insurance Card. The card is valid in the EU and EEA countries, Switzerland and UK. By using the card, Eveliina receives medically necessary treatment in the same way and for the same fee as local residents. Spain will charge the rest of the costs from Finland. Medically necessary treatment refers to treatment that cannot wait for the person’s return home from abroad. The doctor will assess the need for treatment in relation to the duration of the person’s stay abroad.
Kela also reimburses some of the costs of medicines purchased abroad. Since Eveliina has received medically necessary treatment during temporary residence in an EU country, she is also entitled to buy medicines at the same price as local residents using her European Health Insurance Card.