How does Kela work?
You will receive a Kela card if you are covered by health insurance in the country where you work. It is possible to receive reimbursement for the costs of private healthcare services. You can be reimbursed for the costs of medicine purchases and travel related to medical treatment.
How does Kela work in Finland?
Kela benefits can be received from the date of your move to Finland. If you become eligible for Kela benefits on the basis of your employment, Kela will determine whether or not you are considered to be permanently resident inFinland.
Who can apply for Kela?
The Kela Card and European Health Insurance Card can be used to pay for health insurance. The same Kela benefits and other social security services are available to people who have been granted asylum.
How do I join Kela?
If you present your card at a pharmacy or private medical clinic, you can be reimbursed for your costs on the spot. If you want to apply for a Kela card, you need to send a message to Kela’s e-service, which you can do here.