Reimbursements of medicine expenses: Number of recipients and prescription data



Illness / Medicines

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Reimbursements are paid from the National Health Insurance scheme for the costs for prescription drugs for which reimbursability and a reasonable wholesale price have been confirmed. In addition, the costs for products which correspond to medicines are reimbursed. Products which correspond to medicines include clinical nutrients used in the treatment of certain severe diseases and emollients which are used in the treatment of chronic skin conditions.

The report contains data on medicines and corresponding products which have been purchased during the statistical reference period and which have been reimbursed through pharmacies by ATC category and reimbursement category. The statistics include

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Statistical reference period

Yearly data available since 2008 and quarterly data available for the current and two preceding years.

Updating frequency

Quarterly data updated during the second month following the relevant quarter, annual data updated in February.

Data source

Kela – The Social Insurance Institution of Finland. Statistical registers (total material) produced from the prescription data.

Additional information

Additional information on reimbursements for medicine expenses is available at under Our Services » Sickness » Medicine expenses and at the same address under About Kela » Statistics » Statistics by topic » Reimbursements for medical expenses.

Contact information

Kela, Actuarial Department