Healthcare by the FÍA Sickness Fund

FÍA’s physician, Hannes Petersen, does not have fixed work hours at FÍA, but members who wish to see him can contact FÍA’s office or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

In December 2008, a new health programme was initiated by the FÍA Sickness Fund. Below is a listing of the services paid for by the FÍA Sickness Fund. The aim is also to feature, on FÍA’s website, interesting and useful information and other reading material that may be beneficial to the health of members.

Please keep in mind that only those who have contributed to the fund in the previous three months are considered members of the FÍA Sickness Fund.
EFÍA members are authorised to undergo dermatological examinations and blood tests at the expense of the FÍA Sickness Fund.

Please note that applications for invoices that are more than two years old are not accepted.

 

 

Blood Samples

Blood samples are drawn at Læknasetrið’s research facilities at Þönglabakki, which is open Monday–Friday between 8:30–17:00. Pilots must announce their arrival in the reception and say that they have come for a blood test organised by FÍA. Pilots do not pay anything for their first visit, but if the conclusions must be followed up with more tests, they must pay their portion of the cost of further testing. It is suggested that members have a blood test every 2–3 years.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO TRY TO FAST BEFORE A BLOOD TEST (ca. 6 hours)

The following studies are carried out:

  • Complete blood count (haemoglobin, etc.)
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood sugar
  • Liver function tests (ASAT, ALAT)
  • Kidney function tests (creatinine)
  • PSA (prostate cancer) for men over the age of 50

The results are sent by mail as soon as possible, along with recommendations on further action, if necessary. Results can also be obtained by contacting physician Sigurður Árnason by e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in the event of emergencies, by telephone, +354 860 0192.

Blood testing is also available to EFÍA members due to the investigative interests of FÍA Sickness Fund members.

 

Dermatological Examination

It is well known that pilots have an usually high rate of skin cancer, particularly melanomas. The Dermatology Centre (Húðlæknastöðin) offers special appointments for pilots, advertised at each time. Those who use such appointments will take part in a group study on the condition and development of pilots’ skin.

It is suggested that members have an annual dermatological examination.

A dermatological examination is also available to EFÍA members due to the investigative interests of FÍA Sickness Fund members.

 

Cancer Test at the Icelandic Cancer Society (Krabbameinsfélag Íslands)

Women are encouraged to have a regular cancer screening every two years, a cervical swab for all women and also a breast examination for those over forty. An appointment can be booked at the Cancer Society’s Cancer Detection Clinic, Skógarhlíð 8, Reykjavik, tel. 540 1919. Please specify that FÍA will pay for the screening when booking the appointment. An appointment can also be made through the Cancer Society’s website, www.krabb.is, by going to the field in the right corner, “Make an appointment at the Detection Clinic”. It is suggested that female pilots have an examination every two years.

 

Colonoscopy

It is recommended that all those who are over fifty have a colonoscopy. Gastroenterologist Jón Örvar Kristinsson has agreed to oversee the project. An appointment with him can be booked by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is strongly suggested that all members over fifty undergo this examination. If no illness is found and there is no family history of colon cancer, the examination does not have to be repeated for 5–10 years.

 

Heart Examination and Stress Test

All members over forty are encouraged to undergo a heart examination and stress test at Hjartavernd (the Icelandic Heart Association). To book a free appointment, simply contact Hjartavernd, tel. 535 1800, and say that you are a FÍA member.

 

Noise-Cancelling Earplugs

The Sickness Fund pays in full for Phonak ear plugs. Book an appointment with Einar Jón Einarsson, in tel. 866 8500 or by e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and he will take measurements and order the plugs. The delivery time is 12 weeks.

 

Artificial Insemination and Adoption

As of 1 April 2010, the FÍA Sickness Fund provides a grant to members, or spouses of members, who have to undergo artificial insemination. The grant amounts to ISK 50,000 and is paid up to three times per calendar year. An adoption grant of ISK 150,000 is also available.

 

Glasses and Contact Lenses

As of 1 April 2012, the FÍA Sickness Fund provides a grant to members who have to buy glasses or contact lenses. Applicants must provide a health certificate stipulating that they need glasses. The grant covers costs of up to ISK 75,000, and applications can be made every 24 months. Those who use contact lenses should collect their receipts and submit a single application for each 24-month period. A copy of a health certificate should be attached to the application.

 

Laser Eye Surgery

The FÍA Sickness Fund supports members who undergo laser eye surgery. ISK 150,000 is paid for a surgery on both eyes.

 

Hearing Aids

As of 1 April 2012, the FÍA Sickness Fund provides a grant to members who have to buy hearing aids. The grant covers costs of up to ISK 150,000, and applications can be made every 24 months.

 

Application for a grant from FÍA’s Sickness Fund

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