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European Cross-border Healthcare

Did you know, that EU citizens ( and United Kingdom citizens) have the right to access healthcare in any EU country and to be reimbursed for the care received abroad by their home country? You may be eligible for state-funded breast cancer treatment in Clinic Helena in Finland if certain criteria are met.

For the most updated information on how you can benefit from the cross-border healthcare service from your own country, please contact our partner MedRefund. They will be able to assist you with all the rules and applications in your home country.

How does cross-border healthcare work?

Your right for quick treatment

Your national health insurer cannot refuse your prior authorisation request for treatment abroad if:

  • the specific treatment you need is not available in your home country, but is covered by your statutory health insurance, and
  • you can’t get the treatment you need without undue delay in your country, considering your current state of health and the course of your illness.

Prior authorisation from your national insurance company

We advise you to apply for prior authorisation for hospital treatment or highly specialised and expensive treatment with your National Contact Point to be sure you will receive your reimbursement.

You will be reimbursed up to the amount that specific treatment costs in your home country, but only if you are entitled to that treatment at home. Breast cancer surgery is widely covered by national insurance in European countries.

Quick Examinations and Treatment

If you have already been diagnosed with breast cancer or if, on the basis of your symptoms, you suspect it, you can access Helena Puonti’s consultation quickly and without a referral.

Why choose Clinic Helena:

  • World-class expertise in breast cancer treatment, using the most modern methods.
  • Helena Puonti’s unique Sensing Breast-method – available only at Clinic Helena.
  • We devote ourselves to helping You recover completely from your illness.

Expenses and reimbursements: planned medical treatment abroad

Clinic Helena is a private clinic. When applying for treatment in a private clinic, you pay for the treatment yourself and claim reimbursement afterward.

Example: Breast cancer surgery in Clinic Helena in Finland

You get a breast cancer diagnosis in your home country. When searching online, You find Clinic Helena and wish to have your breast cancer operation done by our experts. You contact your national health care insurer and apply for S2 permission to receive treatment abroad. Your application is approved if you meet the criteria of your home country.

You pay for the treatment yourself and apply for reimbursement upon your return to your home country. Your national healthcare provider reimburses the cost of the treatment back to you according to the rules in your home country.

For more information visit the official European Union webpage



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