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Freedom of choice pilot projects

Pilot projects will experiment with extending the freedom of choice in health and social services.

The freedom of choice pilot projects will be carried out as part of the new freedom of choice legislation. Parliament will discuss the legislative proposals pertaining to the health, social services and regional government reform during spring 2018, and the objective is that the legislation enter into force in summer 2018. The freedom of choice pilot projects will be carried out on a wide scale based on the new freedom of choice model between 1 July 2018 and 31 December 2018.

A sum of EUR 20 million is reserved for the pilot projects in the 2017 Budget. An appropriation of EUR 100 million has been proposed for implementing the freedom of choice pilot projects in 2018. Some of these appropriations will be used to expand the service voucher experiments.

Inquiries

Anne Kumpula, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163705, firstname.lastname@stm.fi
Kari Hakari, Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel +358 295 163156, firstname.lastname@stm.fi
Kirsi Varhila, Director-General, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163338, firstname.lastname@stm.fi