Under Finland's national screening programme, municipal health centres must arrange screening for the early detection of

  • breast cancer
  • cervical cancer
  • foetal chromosome and growth defects during pregnancy

Municipalities may also arrange other screening examinations for diagnostic purposes and early disease detection than those set out in the national screening programme.


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health does not handle complaints or appeals.

If you are not satisfied with the service, care or treatment that you receive, you may

  • make a complaint to the manager of the unit that performed the screening test. Before you make a complaint, however, you should try to resolve the matter with the staff who dealt with you.
  • make an official complaint to the supervisory authority: in the first place, to the Regional State Administrative Agency in your area, or to the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).

If you feel that you have been badly treated or that you need advice regarding your rights, you can get in touch with the patient ombudsman for the relevant health care unit or for your municipality or joint municipal authority.

You can apply to the Finnish Patient Insurance Centre to receive compensation in the event of patient injury.