Means of transport
You will get a reimbursement according to the lowest-cost available means of transport. Train or bus is usually the lowest-cost option.
The determination of which means of transport has the lowest cost takes into account your health and travel arrangements.
You must pay a copayment for all trips yourself.
If you use public transport to get to a health centre, public hospital or rehabilitation arranged through Kela, you do not need to submit a separate certificate from the health care provider to accompany your claim for reimbursement. If you travel to a private healthcare provider, a healthcare certificate on the SV 67 form is always required.
If you use a private car, the rate of reimbursement is €0.20 per kilometre.
If the one-way trip is less than 100 kilometres, you do not have to present proof of the necessity of using a private car. If you use your own car for health reasons and the one-way trip is more than 100 kilometres, you will need a certificate from the healthcare provider stating that you have a right to the use of your own car (form SV 67).
If difficult travel arrangements are the reason for your use of your own car and the trip you make is longer than 100 kilometres, state this in your claim for reimbursement.
If you travel to a private healthcare provider, the claim for the reimbursement must always be accompanied by a certificate from the healthcare provider (form SV 67).
You can get a reimbursement for using a taxi if that is your only alternative taking into account your health or difficult travel arrangements. If you use a taxi for health reasons, you will have to present a certificate from the healthcare provider on form SV 67.
Kela pays the reimbursement only if you call the regional dispatch number to book the taxi.
If you use a taxi because of difficult travel arrangements, provide reasons for using a taxi when calling to book it. On the way home, you can make a stop at a health centre to pick up assistive devices or at a pharmacy to purchase prescription medicines.
Other means of transport
Kela provides reimbursement also for the cost of transportation by ambulance, helicopter, air ambulance or motor boat. In these cases, the reimbursement is available only if the healthcare provider confirms that using such means of transport is necessary (form SV 67).
'Trip chain' refers to situations where a person uses at least two different means of transport. For example, part of the trip may be made by bus and the rest by taxi. The travel costs are added up and a copayment of 25 euros (i.e., the part paid by the person him/herself) is deducted from them.