Health care and social welfare services

Health care

Quota refugees are offered the same municipal health care services as all other citizens in Finland. A health examination ...

Health centre

All Finnish municipalities provide health care services for their inhabitants, and usually have their own health centre. As ...

Emergency health care services

Health centres are closed during the evenings and weekends. During these times, acute illnesses ...

Maternity clinic

As part of health care services the municipalities offer their residents information and services regarding ...

Dental care

As the municipal resident you have the right to use the public dental care. Municipalities offer dental care at health ...

Pharmacies

In Finland, a doctor prescribes the medication for illnesses. You will get a doctor's prescription which you take to a pharmacy ...

Social security

As the municipal resident you have the right to social security in Finland. This includes different social services and social ...

Integration assistance

During the first years in Finland, an immigrant's most important social security benefit is the integration assistance, which ...

Social insurance institution of Finland (KELA)

The immigrant has the right to apply for the membership for the Finnish social security system. The application must be ...

Information on social security

Information on social benefits is available at your local Kela office and at municipality's social welfare office, as well ...




Health care

Quota refugees are offered the same municipal health care services as all other citizens in Finland. A health examination is organized for all quota refugees and their families on arrival to their new municipality. An interpreter will be present at the examination. During the interview, a nurse will examine all your prior illnesses, medications and vaccinations. It is important to take with your old prescriptions and medical statements. The available services at the health centre, appointment reservation and payment practices will also be explained. In Finland, all health care professionals are bound by law to professional confidentiality.


Health centre

All Finnish municipalities provide health care services for their inhabitants, and usually have their own health centre. As the municipal resident in Finland you have right to use municipal health care services. If you get sick, reserve an appointment with a doctor or nurse by visiting or calling the health centre. Wait for your appointment in the health centre's waiting hall.

Emergency health care services

Health centres are closed during the evenings and weekends. During these times, acute illnesses are treated at the emergency health care centres. These are usually located in the regional hospitals. In life-threatening situations, one can call the emergency number 112.


Maternity clinic

As part of health care services the municipalities offer their residents information and services regarding pregnancy. Mothers are encouraged to go to the first doctor's examination at the municipal health centre before the fourth month of pregnancy has ended. The health and growth of the mother and foetus are examined in the maternity clinic. Fathers are encouraged to come along to the meetings and attend the prenatal training in the maternity clinic. Babies are usually delivered in the nearest regional hospital to your municipality. Fathers can also be present at the birth.

Dental care

As the municipal resident you have the right to use the public dental care. Municipalities offer dental care at health centres or at dental clinics.


Pharmacies

In Finland, a doctor prescribes the medication for illnesses. You will get a doctor's prescription which you take to a pharmacy to purchase your medication. If you have a long-term illness, take your previous prescriptions with you to the doctor's appointment in Finland.

Social security

As the municipal resident you have the right to social security in Finland. This includes different social services and social benefits in different life situations. The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), provides services to all municipal residents in issues of social security.


Integration assistance

During the first years in Finland, an immigrant's most important social security benefit is the integration assistance, which aims at securing the income of the immigrant during the first integration period. Integration assistance requires a valid integration plan and its implementation. The integration plan is designed in cooperation between an immigrant, a social worker and an employment official from the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE) office. The immigrant applies for the integration assistance at local Kela office.

Social insurance institution of Finland (KELA)

The immigrant has the right to apply for the membership for the Finnish social security system. The application must be filled out at the local Kela office. After approval of the membership the immigrant will receive a personal social security card which enables him or her to apply for and receive social benefits from Kela office. The bnefits include e.g. family, study, unemployment, disability and retirement pension benefits. Kela's benefits are applied for personally and they are always paid to the applicant's personal bank account.


Information on social security

Information on social benefits is available at your local Kela office and at municipality's social welfare office, as well as on Kela's internet pages. Many municipalities organize information events about municipal services and social benefits for the new immigrants. In order to receive substantial information, it is important that the immigrant attends these events. Organizations working with immigrants, and immigrants who have lived in Finland for a long time, can also assist new immigrants in matters regarding daily life and available social services.