In Finland everybody is entitled to basic health care. Municipalities provide services for all agegroups, from children's daycare to the treatment and care of the elderly. In Jyväskylä these services are administered by the Centre for Social and Health Services. Their services cover among other things health care and doctors as well as pre- and post-natal care.
Children and students enjoy school and college health care with regular yearly check-ups. Dental care covers almost the entire population at the moment. There is also help available for those suffering from different kinds of social problems. The financing of the services is covered by tax incomes and fees collected by the users for some special services.
Jyväskylä has comprehensive and good-quality public healthcare. The public healthcare services are divided into basic healthcare and specialised healthcare. In Finland, the municipality of residence is responsible for providing healthcare services in the municipality area.
Every resident of the municipality is entitled to obtain healthcare services provided by the municipal health centres. Examples of basic healthcare include maternity clinics and child health clinics, hospital care, rehabilitation, mental health services, dental care, patient transportation, and school healthcare. Jyväskylä has a healthcare centre hospital maintained by the city.
Booking appointment with a nurse
You book an appointment with a nurse or a physician either by telephone or by visiting the ap-pointment booking location of the healthcare centre. Jyväskylä healthcare stations have general physicians as well as some specialist physicians. At the healthcare centre, the customer is for-warded to see a nurse, unless the customer’s condition necessarily requires an appointment with a physician.
The nurses guide and support self-treatment by the patients and take required treatment measures. The nurses advise the patients in the treatment of long-term illnesses and provide gen-eral lifestyle counselling for varying health condition situations. In Jyväskylä, nurses are responsible for the treatment of mild cases of infectious diseases.
When necessary, the physician at the healthcare centre may issue a referral to a specialist physician in the Central Hospital. In serious cases that immediately require treatment, the patient is hospitalised also without a referral. You must always book an appointment to see a physician, unless it is an emergency.
Those suffering from diabetes and others with long-term illnesses may receive some treatment supplies from the health centres.
Your health centre
For Jyväskylä residents, healthcare services are provided as a local service. When you need help in the daytime on a weekday, you go to the health centre of your residential area. There are 9 health centres in Jyväskylä: Huhtasuo, Keskusta, Korpilahti, Kuokkala, Kyllö, Palokka, Säynätsalo, Tikkakoski and Vaajakoski.
In the evening, at night and on weekends, call 116 117