Access to Treatment

If necessary, the doctor at your own health center, occupational health care or private practice can refer you to Kuopio University Hospital. The referral requires no action from the patient. Kuopio University Hospital will book an appointment for you and send an invitation letter to your home address.

Urgent emergencies are an exception, in which case, the patient must have access to treatment immediately, irrespective of their place of residence. For more on treatment for foreign nationals see here.

Patients' access to treatment is regulated by in the Health Care Act:

  • In the case of non-emergency treatment, access to specialised medical care can only take place with a referral from a physician.
  • The assessment of the need for care must be started within three weeks of the arrival of a referral.
  • Any tests and specialist evaluations must be performed within three months of the arrival of the referral.
  • If the examinations indicate that the patient requires hospital treatment, this must be initiated within the following six months.
  • In the case of mental health services for children and adolescents under 23, tests and specialist evaluations must be performed within six weeks of the arrival of the referral. The treatment must be arranged within three months of the need for treatment being stated.
  • If the hospital is unable to care for the patient within the specified period, it must arrange for the patient to be treated in another hospital district or the private sector. The patient will incur no extra costs as a result of this.