Having heard quite a lot about this, I was quite excited. I emailed my HR contact and she gave me the number to call in order to get an appointment, and I got one that very same day (this was on Monday). I dragged my feverish ass onto the bus and got myself to work and actually found it without too much ado. Oh, I forgot to mention - my medical peeps are actually on site at work - we have doctors and nurses there 24/7 from what I understand, you just need to make an appointment and come on in. It's pretty amazing, especially for someone like me who has a serious lack of car now.
Anyway, I was in the waiting room (which was surprisingly comfy, not at all like a hospital...which I guess would make sense since it was at work), for maybe 5 minutes before the doctor called me in. She took a look at me, decided I had a throat infection and prescribed me antibiotics (plain normal cefalex, 500mg, nothing out of the ordinary), I complained about not being able to sleep at night because of my coughing, and also prescribed me cough syrup. She then also gave me a get-out-of-work-for-the-week-free pass, which I thought was absolutely hilarious (complete with rainbow!):
After that, free to go. Well, free to go to an apteeki (pronounced "app-techie"), aka the pharmacy, in order to pick up my now-prescribed meds. So I hopped back on the bus again and popped into my local apteeki to get my drugs. Unfortunately since I don't have the printed version of my Finnish SSN card yet, I didn't get the cheapest price ever, but I have a form to get reimbursed the difference (since I have a SSN already, just not the card), so, I'll be doing that to get my moneys back.
Finally, I came home and took my meds. Here is a pic of my not-terrible-tasting menthol cough medicine (the liquid is also brown-colored):
My take-home message about their medications so far: weaksauce. Definitely need twice the dosage of cough medicine in order to get any reasonable results. Antibiotics are slowly starting to work (day 3). My conclusion: I miss American drugs. (No wonder everyone tries to smuggle our drugs everywhere else!). I would too...and probably will, in the future (only half-serious...maybe.)
In any case, my first experience with their medical system: quite positive. :) Fast, good care, and overall quite friendly. Overall expectations met. Now if only this sickness would disappear...