There is an exhaustive and good level of public health care in Central Finland. In Finland everybody is entitled to basic health care. Municipalities provide services for all age-groups, from children's daycare to the treatment and care of the elderly.
Children and students enjoy school and college health care with regular yearly check-ups. Dental care covers almost the entire population at the moment. There is also help available for those suffering from different kinds of social problems.
In Finland, the county council is responsible for the health care services within its area. Each resident in the county has the right for the public health care that is offered by the county health centres. For example, health advice, nursing, rehabilitation, mental health services, ambulance service and school health care are all part of this basic health care system.
If necessary, an interpreter is also booked from the regional Central Finland Interpreter Centre to be present at the appointment. A nurse will see the patient at the health centre, if the patient’s complaint does not require doctor’s attention.
Many medicines require a prescription written by the doctor. If a certain medication that the customer is looking for is not available over the counter, it requires a prescription from the doctor.