The fees cover the operating costs of producing Kela’s Kanta Services as well as the certification services provided by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (formerly the Population Register Centre). The costs are assessed in advance, and the fees are determined according to an annual estimate. The amount of the user fee is prescribed in the decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on the user fees for nationwide data system services in healthcare.
Fees are used for maintaining the services
The user fees are used for meeting the costs of services in production, the costs of expert services and human resources, as well as general administrative costs. The Kanta Services in production include, e.g. the Prescription, the Pharmaceutical Database, Kelain, the Patient Data Repository and My Kanta Pages, as well as the related client and support services.
The funding of new services coming into production will also be taken into account in the preparation for the decree on fees. New services include e.g. the client data archive for social welfare services, Kanta PHR in My Kanta Pages, and Delivery of medical certificates.
The user fee includes the Prescription service and the services of the Patient Data Repository. The user fee charged to pharmacies includes only the Prescription service.
User fees for Kanta Services in 2020
- The user fee charged to pharmacies is €0.048 per dispensed prescription. The user fee does not include invalidated medicine dispensing events.
- The user fee charged to public health care services is €2.196 per each resident of the municipality.
- The fee charged to private healthcare providers is €0.371 per issued prescription. An issued prescription refers to one prescribed medicine.
Fee for Kelain
When a doctor issues a prescription on the basis of their professional practice rights without the purpose of profit, there is no charge for using the Kelain service. The Kelain service can be used only for occasional issuing of electronic prescriptions without the purpose of profit.
Claim for rectification
If a pharmacy, a private healthcare service provider, a hospital district, or its member municipality considers that an error has occurred in the determination of the fee, the recipient of the invoice can make a claim for rectification of the fee. The competent authority for claims for rectification is Kela.