How to apply for entitlement to medical care
You can ask Kela to determine if you are entitled to medical care when
- you move abroad or stay abroad
- you live in Finland but work in another EU or EEA country, Switzerland, Great Britain or in Northern Ireland.
- Enclose additional documents in support of the application as necessary.
- A written decision on your application will be sent to you by post. You can also view the decision in OmaKela.
If you have been denied a benefit and your circumstances change, you can apply for the benefit again. A change in circumstances can be, for instance, more working hours or higher pay so that the minimum entitlement criteria are met. Also in that case you should or include with your application.
If you live in Finland but work in another EU or EEA country or Switzerland, enclose certificate S1 or E 106 with the application. Request the certificate from the health insurance institution in your country of employment. If you work in another Nordic country, Great Britain or Northern Ireland, the certificate is not needed.
If your entitlement to medical care is based on employment in Finland, Kela can check the data that the employer has reported about your employment from the national incomes register.