Healthcare fee for students in higher education starting 1 January 2021

Starting in January 2021, students in universities of applied sciences and academic universities who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS) will pay a healthcare fee to Kela. Students who are liable to pay the fee are students who have registered as attending and who are completing

  • a bachelor's or master's level degree earned in a university of applied sciences
  • a bachelor's or master's level university degree 

Students in tailor-made, customer-specific training programmes or exchange students are not entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service, and thus they do not have to pay the healthcare fee. 

Students in higher education must pay the healthcare fee to Kela on their own initiative. Kela will begin to collect the healthcare fee in the spring term of 2021. Until that time, higher education students will continue to pay a YTHS fee to their student union.

The fee is payable per term and it covers the full range of student health services. Separate user charges will not be collected. Information on the services and the service network of the Finnish Student Health Service is available on the website of the Finnish Student Health Service.

More information on the practical details in connection with the payment of the fee will be provided on this page in autumn 2020.

Act on Student Health Services for Students in Higher Education

The Act on Student Health Services for Students in Higher Education will come into force on 1 January 2021. The act seeks to ensure that students of academic universities and universities of applied sciences have equal access to quality health services.

The services delivered by YTHS will on 1 January 2021 become available to all students in higher education. Starting from this date, the responsibility for the provision of student health services to students in higher education and for collection of healthcare fees will be transferred to Kela.

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