Students in Finland to Pay €73.60 for Healthcare Services Next Year

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The Finnish government has said that students who use healthcare services in Finland will pay €73.60 for the service, or €36.80 each semester in 2023, an increase of €2 from 2022.

According to a press release issued by the government, the change in healthcare fees for students was announced on November 17, 2022, when the government issued a decree.

Such a change, according to the government’s statement, will be made in an effort to improve the accessibility of healthcare services, whereas the fee for paying after the due date or not attending an appointment will remain the same, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“Compared to 2022, the fee will increase by EUR 2 to improve the availability of services. The late payment fee and the charge for an unattended appointment will remain unchanged,” the press release reads.

Next year, the late payment fee or the fee for an unattended appointment will continue to be €5 and €40 for students, respectively.

The decision will not impact students from other EU or EEA nations, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland, because the fee for using healthcare services will not change for the latter.

 “Their right to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service will continue as before,” the government said, pointing out that, in the future, the costs for using medical services for students will be charged by the state that manages student healthcare services.

Finland is known for having one of the best education systems, which makes it an attractive country for international students to study. This year, thousands of them have chosen it as their study destination.

The Finnish Immigration Service has recently announced that a record number of international students received residence permits in Finland between January and October of this year, an increase of 54 percent from the previous year. This year, the total number of students who received residence permits in Finland until October was 7,060 compared to 2021, when 4,595 applications were submitted.

The Deputy Director-General of the Finnish Immigration Service, Elina Immonen, said that international students in Finland could help the country with the shortage of workers.

According to data by Erudera, students from the EU/EEA can study in Finland for free, whereas students from other countries must pay tuition. The amount overseas students must pay to study in Finland varies according to the university and study program they select but typically ranges from €4,000 ($4,849) to 18,000 ($21,821).

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