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Choosing other healthcare services

The provision and practices of laboratory and medical imaging services, physiotherapy and assistive devices and rehabilitation services vary between wellbeing services counties. There is no specific legislation on freedom of choice in respect of these public healthcare services. 

The wellbeing services counties are responsible for public healthcare and therefor can decide themselves how freedom of choice will be put into practice in laboratory and medical imaging services, in physiotherapy and in assistive devices and rehabilitation services. The practices of the wellbeing services counties can also vary, for example, in whether a client is required to notify them of their decision to change services in writing. Additional information can be obtained from your wellbeing services county.  

The wellbeing services county has an obligation to provide home nursing only within its own area. In many wellbeing services counties home nursing has been combined with services provided at home and as part of services for the elderly. Medical equipment and supplies used in home nursing, and which are entered in your care plan and constitute part of the treatment of a chronic illness, are always included in your care.

Text edited by: editorial team
In collaboration with: Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (MSAH), The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Updated: 15/2/2023