Health and social services reform


The structure of health and social services will be reformed.

This means that   

  • Responsibility for providing public healthcare and social services will be assigned to autonomous regions that are larger than municipalities. Healthcare and social services will be brought together at all levels to form customer-oriented entities, and basic public services will be strengthened.
  • The existing multisource financing will be simplified and customers will have more freedom of choice in the services.
  • The objective is to reduce inequities in wellbeing and health between people, and to manage costs. 
  • The reform will help to bridge a large part of the sustainability gap in general government finances. The Government's aim is to save EUR 10 billion, of which approximately EUR 3 billion should be covered through the reforms in the branch of government of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
  • Besides structural reforms, the steering and operating models in healthcare and social welfare will be thoroughly modernised. The aim is to achieve better services that are not only more customer-oriented, effective and cost-efficient than before but also better coordinated.

The reform package on health, social services and regional government is being led by Annika Saarikko, Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services. The policy approaches will be discussed in the Ministerial working group on reforms. The project includes a parliamentary monitoring group.