Description of statistics: Statistics on reimbursement entitlements in respect of medicines

Produced by: Kela – The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

Web page: Statistics on reimbursement entitlements in respect of medicines

The statistics on reimbursement entitlements in respect of medicines are based on the National Health Insurance reimbursement system for medicine expenses. The statistics on entitlements to special rates of reimbursement and the diseases underlying such entitlements provide a good overview of the incidence of various diseases in Finland.

Data content

The number of existing entitlements to special and limited rates of reimbursement during the year and at year-end by type of entitlement, the number of new entitlements granted, and the number of entitlements ended on account of death.

Classifications used

Reimbursement category of medicine, disease entitling the patient to reimbursement, general regional classifications and general demographic classifications.

Data collection methods and data sources

Decisions on reimbursement entitlements are made both by Kela and by workplace funds. The processing system for reimbursement entitlements produces an individual-level database, which forms the basis of the statistical files.

Updating frequency

Updated annually.

Time of completion or release

Published in the Kelasto statistical database in February following the end of the reference year.

Time series

Statistics on reimbursement entitlements in respect of medicines have been compiled since 1968.

Keywords

Statistics (data), health insurance, reimbursements of medicine expenses, medicines, diseases.