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Grounds for Milla’s right to treatment
Living abroad due to studies is usually regarded as temporary residence, also in Milla’s case. Milla is still covered by Finnish national health insurance, and Finland grants her a European Health Insurance Card. The card is valid in the EU and EEA countries, United Kingdom and Switzerland, and Milla can use it to receive medically necessary treatment, i.e. have her broken tooth fixed, for the local client fee. 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.
Milla can also claim reimbursement for the removal of her wisdom tooth because she is entitled to seek treatment in other EU or EEA countries, Switzerland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and receive reimbursement for the treatment. Milla will be reimbursed for the costs as if she had received treatment in a similar situation in the Finnish public health care system. Milla must pay for the treatment herself and claim reimbursement from Kela afterwards.