Student health care reforms 2021
What is the FSHS reform?
A long-term goal in the advocacy sector has aimed at covering all higher education students by the the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS), providing equal services and strengthening the position of the FSHS as a health care operator. At the beginning of 2021, the reform and the amendment finally entered into force, which caused a few changes from the perspective of Aalto students.
The primary service points are still located in Otaniemi and Töölö, but you can also use the expanded digital doctor services and remote services. Another change is that the health care fee will be paid directly to Kela. Previously the fee was paid in connection with the student union membership fee. In connection with the reform, opening hours will also expand when services will be available throughout the year, including the summer.
What should the students do?
A degree student’s right to health care remains unchanged and you can still use the oral, mental and general health care services of the FSHS. It is important to pay the health care fee to Kela in order to ensure that the services are available to you. For the autumn of 2020, the health care fee was paid in connection with the student union membership fee.
- Please check that you have registered to attend the spring and autumn terms and pay the student union membership fee.
- Pay the health care fee to Kela on your own initiative through Kela’s electronic services or bank transfer.
- For the spring term, the due date is 31 Jan provided you have registered as attending by then. For the autumn term, the due date is 30 Sept if you have registered as attending by then.
- In case of any problems, please contact FSHS and Kela. AYY’s staff do not have access to their systems and cannot check whether you have paid the health care fee.
- Use the FSHS services as before or take advantage of more extensive remote and digital services.
More specific instructions can be found on Kela’s website: https://www.kela.fi/web/en/how-to-pay-the-student-healthcare-fee-in-higher-education
PLEASE NOTE! The health care fee must be paid if you are a degree student attending in the spring and autumn terms, regardless of whether you will use the FSHS services. Read more about exceptions on Kela’s website regarding exchange students, open university students and doctoral students: https://www.kela.fi/web/en/healthcare-fee-for-students-in-higher-education
A few examples concerning different students
The above instructions are valid for both Finnish and international degree students who have registered for attendance. Pay the health care fee to Kela on your own initiative through Kela’s electronic services by the end of January and September.
Kela’s instructions: "If you cannot use the e-service for instance because you do not have Finnish online banking credentials, please pay the fee to Kela as a bank transfer."
Aalto students are instructed to primarily use the Töölö and Otaniemi service points and online services, as well as other service points "according to your situation and needs". See more detailed information on FSHS service points.
As of 1 Jan 2021, incoming exchange students at Aalto will no longer be entitled to use the FSHS services. If you have a European Health Insurance Card, you can use municipal health care in acute cases.
In other cases, please consult your own health insurance for instructions. Before you enter Finland, please check what your insurance will cover. Some insurances do not cover mental health services, for example.
According to Kela: “If you go abroad on student exchange, you are completing a degree or qualification at a Finnish higher education institution and you have registered as attending, you have the right to use the student health care services and you must pay the health care fee for higher education students.
Read more: Who must pay the health care fee?
In Mikkeli, there are FSHS service points for oral, general and mental health care. See more detailed information on FSHS service points.
Comprehensive instructions on Kela’s website. No bill will be sent, but you have to pay the fee on your own initiative twice a year.
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