Access to free treatment for COVID-19: Changes to eligibility
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has modified its guidance on access to free medical treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Under the new guidance, treatment is provided free of charge to travellers and to registered residents of a Finnish municipality. Treatment is also available at no cost to persons who qualify for a Kela certificate on entitlement to medical care. To everyone else, treatment for COVID-19, like other medical care, is available for a fee. The new guidance is effective since 11 May 2020.
This press release contains updates to the 25 March 2020 press release titled Possible to receive treatment abroad with the European Health Insurance Card also during the coronavirus epidemic - however, avoid all travel.
Under the new guidance, free treatment for COVID-19 is not available to persons who are not registered residents of a Finnish municipality or who do not qualify for a certificate on entitlement to medical care. Under the previous guidance, treatment for COVID-19 was free of charge also to these individuals.
The new guidance is effective since 11 May 2020.
Right to free treatment for COVID-19 in the Finnish public healthcare system
You have the right to receive free treatment in Finland for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus
- if you are a registered resident of a Finnish municipality
- if you are not a registered resident of a Finnish municipality but you have a certificate on entitlement to medical care:
- Persons from another EU or EEA country or from Switzerland can get treatment by presenting their European Health Insurance Card. Finnish pensioners living abroad can get treatment by presenting a European Health Insurance for pensioners issued by Kela.
- Persons from the Nordic countries do not necessarily need a European Health Insurance Card, because they can obtain treatment also by presenting a valid passport or other official ID.
- Persons from Great Britain and Northern Ireland can present a European Health Insurance Card or their passport.
- Persons from Australia get treatment by presenting their passport.
- if you qualify for a certificate on entitlement to medical care from Kela: Certificate of entitlement to medical care in Finland (this means for example persons working in Finland)
- you are travelling in Finland. Travellers may not have a certificate of entitlement to medical care, but they are, under World Health Organization recommendations, entitled to free treatment for COVID-19.
To everyone else, treatment for COVID-19, like other medical care provided out of the public healthcare system, is available for a fee. They will have to pay the actual cost of the treatment.
A number of municipalities may have decided to extend treatment to people without papers at the same fee as that paid by the local residents. Clients to whom this is relevant may wish to contact the local authorities for confirmation.
Updated on 17 June: People without papers may access free treatment in some municipalities.