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 as of 1 July 2018.
An appropriation of EUR 100 million has been proposed for implementing the freedom of choice pilot projects in 2018.
There will be pilot projects on the most important elements of freedom of choice (one or more elements):
• health and social services centres (HSS centres)
• oral health services units
• health and social services voucher, or
• personal budget.
The pilot projects may also combine these elements. Pilots on HSS centres and oral health services units will trial, for example, ways of coordinating various services for a client. It will also be monitored how the criteria for compensation to service providers work in practice.
The main objective of services voucher and personal budgeting pilots is to test how smoothly the service process goes from the client's point of view. The client has to be given an important role in the planning of his or her services.
Anne Kumpula, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163705, email@example.com
Kirsi Varhila, Director-General, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163338, firstname.lastname@example.org