Finnish Student Health Service FSHS
The purpose of the FSHS is to provide student health services, as stipulated in the Health Care Act, for those studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at a university or other institution of higher education.
Student healthcare services include the following:
- checks on health and safety aspects of the study environment in educational institutions and welfare promotion among learning communities, together with monitoring
- monitoring and promotion of students’ health and welfare and fitness to study
- health checks according to individual needs
- provision of health and medical care services
- mental health and substance abuse services
- promotion of sexual health
- oral health care
- early identification of any special needs and tests required by students, support, and, if necessary, referral for further tests or treatment
FSHS activities are funded by healthcare fees and service fees paid by students (23% of funding), reimbursements paid by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela; 63% of funding) and a general subsidy paid by local government authorities of university towns and cities (14% of funding). Funding is based on annual budgets for FSHS activities. The FSHS has no funds of its own other than the capital on formation, which only amounts to a little over €3,000.
There are FSHS health centres in 12 towns and cities. Our services are used by around 125,000 students.