Estonian Private Health Care Services Proving a Hit with Finns

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12/10/2013 12:42 PM
Category: Health

The already established popularity of Estonian dental care among Finns is spilling over to other medical fields as private health care costs in Finland are higher and queues are long.

A number of businesses specialize in health tourism, offering, among other services, surgery, YLE reported on Monday.

Kela, the Finnish social security institution, last year paid out over 350,000 euros in compensation to Finns receiving medical treatment in Estonia, with operation costs as low as three times cheaper at the southern end of the Gulf of Finland, while a lack of competition has driven prices higher in Finland.

Finnish patients in Estonia could face problems if medical treatment does not go according to plans, as they would themselves have to claim damages, as opposed to having the state do it for them in Finland.


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