Finnish hospital reimbursement system

This online on-demand seminar gives a comprehensive understanding of the hospital reimbursement landscape for medical devices in Finland

Available as a pre-recorded webinar or full presentation in Acrobat PDF

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Finland is a good market for medical device companies from a market access perspective.

The key challenge from a reimbursement perspective is the decentralization of the healthcare system and differences in payment mechanisms. Finland is divided into 20 hospital districts that have autonomy in the selection of payment model. Global budget, DRG system, and tariff for the procedure payment models are used by different hospital districts. Also, different districts can use different versions of DRG systems and for different purposes (reimbursement, benchmarking, budget allocation).

Similar to Norway and Sweden, the lack of established reimbursement is not the key challenge in market access in Finland. The key is the adoption by end users of the technology. The health technology assessment environment is developing as well, after a period of being put on hold.

We offer a seminar on critical elements of the hospital reimbursement system for medical devices in Finland that can guide your decision-making about the introduction of novel technologies into this market.

What topics are reviewed?

Key stakeholders and their role in reimbursement processes

Key stakeholders are reviewed, including payers, policy-makers, advising organizations (health technology assessment) and support bodies (developer of procedural classification/DRG system)

Money flow and hospital payment system

Money flow and distribution of funds, an overview of the hospital payment system (DRG system and global budget), the process of development of the DRG system

Funding and health technology assessment landscape

Brief overview of HTA and funding frameworks and the impact on reimbursement decisions

What topics are not covered?

Some topics are not specifically covered in this seminar: reimbursement model in out-patient settings, reimbursement for medical aids (devices for home use) and in-vitro diagnostic tests, funding of capital equipment.

The introductory presentation also does not include details of reimbursement application processes (for example application form, requirements, details of the process for the creation of procedure code or DRG change).

Topics that are not covered in this seminar will be included in future courses. You can subscribe to our newsletter and inform us about your particular interests at the main page of the Market Access Academy.

How is the seminar delivered?

Option #1: Pre-recorded webinar

One option is to watch the seminar, which is provided as a pre-recorded webinar. The duration of the webinar is 25 minutes. The webinar is available for six months

Option #2: Presentation in Acrobat PDF

You can also access just the educational material - the full presentation of the seminar in Acrobat PDF

View extract from the seminar

This 30-second extract presents overview of the money flow in the Finnish public healthcare

 

Updates of the seminar

September 2021: Update of the overview of Finnish hospital reimbursement system (updated the scheme of hospital districts and catchment areas, added a slide explaining the financing of health care system, added a slide explaining the role of the Social Insurance Institution (Kela), updated the description of the administrative reform (Sote reform) in line with the actual situation)

August 2020: Update of the overview of Finnish reimbursement system (timelines for procedure code / DRG change)

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