Reimbursements of travel costs
Reimbursements are available for the costs of travel related to treatment and examination. In the case of Kela-provided rehabilitation, trips to the rehabilitation provider are reimbursed. Trips to the pharmacy for the purpose of purchasing medicines are not covered.
The travel costs are usually reimbursed on the basis of the least expensive way of reaching the nearest private or public doctor or treatment provider. The least expensive way is usually public transport such as bus or train. Use of your own car is reimbursed at the rate of EUR 0.20 per kilometre travelled.
If you use anything else than the least expensive transportation (such as a taxi), you must have a statement from the health care provider showing the necessity of such transportation. If you used a taxi because of poor availability of transport services, you must describe your reasons for using a taxi in your claim.
Some regions have a Transport Coordination Centre, which arranges shared taxi services. Customers with the same destination should share a taxi whenever possible. If there is a Transport Coordination Centre in your region, the invitation from the hospital will include instructions on how to order transportation. Contact your local authorities for further information.
If you have to stay overnight due to difficult travel connections or the nature of the examination or treatment you are undergoing, you are eligible for an accommodation allowance from Kela. The maximum amount of the allowance is EUR 20.18 per day. Remember to enclose receipts of any paid accommodation costs when applying for the allowance.
Costs incurred by an escort
Costs incurred by an escort are reimbursed if the health care provider considers the presence of an escort or family member to be necessary. Also their travel expenses are usually reimbursed on the basis of the least expensive way of reaching the destination.