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The Terminological Vocabulary of Kela – Benefit-related Concepts, 5th edition (TSK 53)

TSK 53

The Terminological Vocabulary of Kela – Benefit-related Concepts, 4th edition (TSK 49) published in the beginning of last year has been supplemented and updated. The subjects covered in the vocabulary 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 interpreting services, rehabilitation organized and reimbursed by Kela, pensions paid by Kela, housing benefits, financial aid for students, conscript's allowance, benefits for families with children and unemployment allowances. A new subject field, social assistance, has been added in the now published fifth edition because the administration of the basic social assistance was transferred from municipalities to Kela in the beginning of 2017. Some other subject fields, among others concepts related to medicine, disability benefits and rehabilitation, have also been updated.

The Terminological Vocabulary of Kela contains information on almost 550 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.

The Terminological Vocabulary of Kela describes the Finnish social security system from the point of view of legislation. The vocabulary 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 vocabulary can also support data management and help to develop retrieval, transmission, archiving and modelling of data.

Kela and the Finnish Terminology Centre TSK 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 the Terminological Vocabulary of Kela were published in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2017.

The Terminological Vocabulary of Kela has been published on the website of the Finnish Terminology Centre TSK and of Kela in PDF format (in Finnish and Swedish), and the content of the vocabulary has also been made available through the Terminology Centre's TEPA Term Bank.

Kansaneläkelaitos (Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland)
Publisher: Finnish Terminology Centre TSK, 2018.
ISBN 978-952-284-048-6 (PDF, Kela)
ISSN 1795-6323 (PDF, Finnish Terminology Centre TSK)