Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela): Statistics on reimbursement entitlements in respect of medicines
entitlement to special refunds
Classification by sex
male, female, combined
Municipality, sub-region, region, area for the regional state administrative agency, major region, Mainland Finland/Åland, hospital district, university hospital special responsibility area, whole country
The indicator gives the percentage of people entitled to special refunds (75%) of medicines for rheumatoid arthritis in the 16-24 age group at the end of the calendar year. The cost of medicines is reimbursed for persons suffering from certain severe chronic diseases either under the Higher (100%) or Lower (75%) Special Refund Category.
The patient is eligible to special refund if the disease is chronic and severe and requires long-term medication. The Social Insurance Institution confirms the diagnosis and the severity of the disease on the basis of a certificate issued by a specialist. The Lower (75%) Special Refund Category includes patients with rheumatoid arthritis who meet the Social Insurance Institution's criteria concerning the severity of the disease.
The indicator quite adequately describes the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis in the young adult population.
Individual level data are confidential. For the sake of privacy protection, no municipality level data with less than 4 cases are published.
Sickness Insurance Act
The indicator can be used to monitor the attainment of the targets set in the Health 2015 public health programme.