Health Examinations for the Unemployed

Persons left without a job have the right to receive a health examination free of charge. The service is meant for the unemployed, and the health check is carried out by a public health nurse. The goal with your health check-up is to promote your state of health and your wellbeing, as well as to improve your working and functional ability while you are unemployed. The health check will give you a comprehensive overview of your state of health.

Health checks are booked by contacting a public health nurse. You may also be directed to a health check by an employee in social and health care or employment services.

It is advised you have a health check within three months from the beginning of your unemployment.

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Health checks are booked by contacting a public health nurse. You may also be directed to a health check by an employee in social and health care or employment services.

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Basic information and legislation

An unemployed person’s health check usually includes the measurement of their body mass index and blood pressure, as well as certain laboratory tests. An important part of the check is discussing issues related to the person’s health, mental health, functional capacity, lifestyle and possible symptoms. In the health check of an unemployed person, particular attention is paid to factors that may affect their life management and work ability.

The person carrying out the health check provides instructions on suitable nutrition, exercise and self-management. If the check reveals any need for further examination or treatment, the patient will be referred to the appropriate party. Any need for rehabilitation that could strengthen or restore the person’s work ability can also be noted during the health check.

If you wish to participate in an unemployed person’s health check, contact your local health and social services centre.