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Health care services for immigrants

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  • Helsinki
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People in need of urgent medical care have the right to receive treatment regardless of their nationality. The right to other health care services is determined by the kind of residence permit the foreign person has.

Health care services for asylum seekers are arranged by reception centres in co-operation with municipalities or other service providers. Those with a residence permit and a permanent municipality of residence have the right to social and health care services, even if they are not Finnish citizens.

The municipality will provide immigrants with health care services, in which experts specialising in integration and special immigrant issues carry out multidisciplinary co-operation. These services can be accessed through a health centre.

Background information

Persons needing urgent medical care are entitled to treatment regardless of their nationality. The right to other health care services is determined by the type of residence permit that an immigrant has.

Health services for asylum seekers are organised by reception centres together with different service providers. Immigrants who have been granted a residence permit and who have a permanent home municipality in Finland are entitled to social welfare and health services even if they are not Finnish citizens.

Immigrants are provided health care services, in which experts in integration and special questions related to immigrants work in multiprofessional cooperation. These services are accessed through the health centres. Immigrants have the right to receive interpretation help during a doctor's visit.

Basic information

Responsible for the serviceCity of Helsinki
The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: City of Helsinki
Updated: 12/4/2019