Hepatitis A occurs. Cases of diphtheria have also been reported.
Campers and trekkers should take precautions against tick bites
and consider immunisation against tick-borne encephalitis.
There is a reciprocal health agreement with the United Kingdom.
For UK nationals on a temporary visit, an E111 form
is not required. Production of a British passport is sufficient
to obtain medical treatment. Other European Union nationals generally
need to present an E111 form or the new European Health
Insurance Card that is set to replace the paper E111, E119
and E128 cards. There are charges for visits to the doctor, hospital
and dental treatment, and medicines prescribed. Some of these charges
may, however, be partially refunded by the Finnish Sickness
Insurance Department (Kansaneläkelaitoksen Paikallistoimisto
– KELA, telephone number: (20) 434 5058, website: www.kela.fi).
On production of the required documents, visitors seeking treatment
will generally be charged approximately €11-22 for a visit
to a doctor at a municipal health centre, €22 for a visit to
a hospital outpatient clinic and €26 per day for hospitalisation
(charges can vary). Those receiving private treatment should keep
the receipt and submit it to the local KELA office
as they may be entitled to a part refund.
For emergency dental treatment, visitors should contact the dentist
on duty through the municipal health centre. A standard fee will
be charged. Prescribed drugs may be obtained from the pharmacy and
are charged at the full amount, though costs may be partially claimed
back from the local KELA. On most prescribed medicines, a 50 per
cent refund is available on amounts exceeding around €8.
For emergencies, dial 112.
For general information about health care and doctors who make house
calls, dial 10023, a 24-hour helpline, obtainable in Finland only.
The pharmacy at Mannerheimintie 96, Helsinki (telephone number:
0203 20200 or 4178 0317) is open 24 hours.