Social security in the EU
The EU citizens can have a European health insurance card eurooppalainen sairaanhoitokortti. In Finland, the card can be ordered from KELA Kelasta. It does not cost anything. With the European health insurance card, all EU citizens receive the necessary medical care in case of illness or accident when travelling within the EU. The charge for the care is the same as for the local people. The card is accepted in all EU member states, EEA countries and Switzerland. If a private medical centre does not accept the card, the cost can be claimed from the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA). It makes sense for every EU citizen to use this benefit.
Click here matkustajien sairaanhoidon turvasta for more information on medical insurance for travellers.
Otherwise social security is determined by national laws. Employees are governed by the social security system of the country in which they work. Other people are governed by the social security system of the country in which they are registered. If a stay abroad lasts over one year, social security is provided according to the laws of the country in which he or she is staying.
Click here EU-maiden sosiaaliturvasta for more information on social security in the EU member states.
Videos related to the European health insurance cardVideoita EU:n sairaanhoitokortista (in Finnish).