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Kela’s Terminological Glossary – Benefit-related Concepts, 6th edition (TSK 55)

© Kansaneläkelaitos (Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland), 2021
ISBN 978-952-284-110-0 (PDF, Kela)
ISSN 1795-6323 (web publication, Sanastokeskus TSK (the Finnish Terminology Centre)

The glossary is available:
- in PDF format
- on TEPA Term Bank
- in Terminologies tool

Languages of the glossary:
- Terms: Finnish, Swedish
- Concept descriptions: Finnish, Swedish

The Terminological Vocabulary of Kela – Benefit-related Concepts, 5th edition (TSK 53) published in 2018 has been supplemented and updated. The subjects covered in the publication are the benefits provided by Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland), e.g. sickness allowances and reimbursements for medical expenses under the Health Insurance Act, international medical care, occupational health care, disability benefits and interpreter service for the disabled, rehabilitation organized and reimbursed by Kela, pensions paid by Kela, housing benefits, financial aid for students, conscript's allowance, benefits for families with children, unemployment allowances and basic social assistance.

New subject fields, appealing and student health services, have been added in the now published sixth edition. Appeals are connected to all Kela’s decisions, and appeals against decisions have not been covered in the glossary earlier. The responsibility to organize health care services to students in higher education and to collect healthcare fees from them was transferred to Kela in the beginning of 2021. Some other subject fields, among others concepts related to medicine, health care and interpreter service for the disabled, have also been updated, and obsolete concepts have been removed.

Kela’s Terminological Glossary contains information on 560 concepts in term records and concept diagrams. The concepts have been given definitions and term recommendations in Finnish and Swedish. The relations between the concepts are illustrated with the help of concept diagrams. The vocabulary is bilingual: foreword, instructions, concept descriptions and concept diagrams have been translated into Swedish.

Kela’s Terminological Glossary describes the Finnish social security system from the point of view of legislation. The glossary is aimed at experts on social security, law drafters, PR officers, editors, translators and all who need to know the recommended social security terms used in connection with Kela and their meaning. The glossary also supports data management and helps to develop retrieval, transmission, archiving and modelling of data.

Kela and the Finnish Terminology Centre started to define concepts already in 2007. The aim was to harmonize, establish and clarify the terminology related to social security provided by Kela and to improve communication between Kela and its partners with the help of systematic terminology work. The previous editions of Kela’s Terminological Glossary (previously called the terminological vocabularies of Kela) were published in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2018.