Health, social services and regional government reform is one of the biggest ever administrative and operational overhauls in Finland. The reform impacts the jobs of hundreds of thousands of people and affects the services of every citizen in the country. It also has an effect on the financial resources, steering and taxation of healthcare and social services. The aim is to transfer the organisation of healthcare and social services and other regional services to counties as of 1 January 2019.
The Government proposes to increase clients’ freedom of choice as part of the health, social services and regional government reform. On 9 May the Government submitted to Parliament a proposal on the legislation on freedom of choice. Wider freedom of choice would increase clients’ possibilities of influence as well as improve the availability, quality and cost effectiveness of services.