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Student healthcare services at Centria University of Applied Sciences

The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) is an expert in student health care and, as a student in higher education, provides you with general health, oral health and mental health services and promotes the well-being of study communities. Starting 1 January 2021, the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) will provide student healthcare services for all higher education students. A healthcare fee for higher education students is paid to Kela. 

Students who are entitled to use the services of FSHS are students who have registered as attending and who are completing

  • a bachelor's or master's level degree earned in a university of applied sciences
  • a bachelor's or master's level university degree.

Exchange students, students in open university and students in tailor-made, customer-specific training programmes are not entitled to use the services of FSHS.

Information on student healthcare services is available on the website of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS). 

Watch FSHS for a new student video on youtube.

 

Contact information and appointments:

FSHS Kokkola Contact Information

FSHS Ylivieska Contact Information

FSHS Pietarsaari Contact Information

 

Using FSHS services ‒ also remotely

Your need for treatment will be assessed before booking an appointment for FSHS services, read more https://www.yths.fi/en/using-services/booking-appointment/. Contact information and opening hours of the service units can be found on FSHS's website https://www.yths.fi/en/service-units/.

You can also do business with FSHS online and remotely. Self is a student’s own online service through which you can maintain your contact information, manage appointments, chat, or arrive at a remote reception. Read more about Self yths.fi/en/self-info and log in as a user right at the beginning of the study year.

 

Healthcare fee for students in higher education

Starting in 2021, students who are entitled to use the services of FSHS will pay a healthcare fee to Kela. No bill will be sent on the healthcare fee, and thus the student has to pay the fee on his or her own initiative.

In 2021, the student healthcare fee in higher education will be EUR 35.80 per term. The fee is paid to Kela once per term, i.e. twice a year. You are not billed for the fee but are expected to pay it unprompted. The due date of payment is determined based on the date on which you have registered as attending. The healthcare fee can be paid using a payment application in Kela's e-service or as a bank transfer. Instructions for payment of the healthcare fee are available on Kela’s website.

If you do not pay the healthcare fee by the due date, Kela will send you a reminder. If the healthcare fee is paid after the due date, a late payment charge of EUR 5 must also be paid. If you do not pay the healthcare fee after having been reminded of it, Kela can withhold the fee and the late payment charge from your study grant payments without consulting you. If the fee cannot be withheld from the study grant payments, the healthcare fee will be referred to the enforcement authority for collection.

You are entitled to use the student health services to the end of the term for which you have registered as attending. If you graduate during the term, you are entitled to use the student health services to the end of the term in question. The website of the Finnish Student Health Service (Finnish abbreviation YTHS) provides information about health services for students.

Up-to-date information on the healthcare fee for higher education students and payment of the fee is available on Kela’s website.

 

Exchange students and international students

Under the law, only students who are pursuing a degree in a Finnish higher education institution and are registered as attending for the current term are eligible for student health services.

If you are an exchange student from another country, you are not pursuing a degree in a Finnish higher education institution, and are thus not eligible for student health services. EU citizens can use public healthcare services. Students from other countries must have private health insurance.

If you are completing a higher education degree at a Finnish higher education institution, you have to pay the healthcare fee for the months of attendance even when you pursue studies abroad. Where you live is not important.

If you are enrolled in a degree programme at a Finnish higher education institution and have registered as non-attending for the current term, you do not have to pay the healthcare fee.

Read more: Medical treatment in international situations

 

The Act on Student Health Services for Students in Higher Education

Starting 1 January 2021, Kela has administrative responsibility for providing health services to higher education students, including the collection of a healthcare fee. Starting 1 January 2021, the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) will provide services not only to students of traditional universities but also to students of universities of applied sciences.

The fee is used to finance health services for higher education students. The State finances 77% of the health services for higher education students and the rest, 23%, is financed through the healthcare fee. The amount of the fee is specified in a Government decree, which will be issued annually.

 

Read more

Healthcare fee for students in higher education
FAQ about the student healthcare fee in higher education
How to pay the student healthcare fee in higher education
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Service network of FSHS

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