Publicly funded student healthcare services are available for students everywhere in Finland. In the future, student healthcare will be organised in the same way for all students in higher education.
Currently, the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides student healthcare services for university students. Starting from 2020, these services will undergo expansion so they are also available to students at universities of applied sciences. The aim is that all students in higher education will be provided with equal student healthcare services everywhere in Finland.
In the future Kela would see to the organisation of services for higher education students and FSHS would be responsible for providing these services. Higher education students would be charged a mandatory healthcare fee for these services akin to a tax.
Those studying in an upper secondary school or vocational education and training would be provided with student healthcare services organised by their county.
Each student would still be entitled to use the services of a health care centre - known in the future as a health and social services centre - in matters other than student healthcare.
The financing of student healthcare for higher education students
The total funding of the student healthcare for higher education students will comprise of contributions of the state and students. Healthcare fees charged from students will be used to fund 23 per cent and state funds for 77 per cent of the eligible overall costs of student healthcare. Based on a rough estimate, the healthcare fee of the 2020 level would be around EUR 75 per academic year. The fee would have to be paid in two instalments. The healthcare fee would be collected by Kela.
The preparation of and materials for the legal amendment
The draft act will be circulated for comments until 18 May 2018. The government proposal is to be submitted to the Parliament in the spring session of 2018.
Maire Kolimaa, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 2951 63389
Anne Koskela, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 2951 63384
Liisa Katajamäki, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 2951 63329