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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 Finnish Government is proposing that freedom of choice in health and social services be expanded as part of the regional government, health and social services reform. The freedom of choice model will be tested in the form of pilot projects in different parts of Finland.

The legislative proposal for the new freedom of choice legislation is currently being discussed by Parliament. The preparation of the freedom of choice pilot projects can commence as soon as the new legislation is approved. The implementation of the pilot projects is subject to the approval of the new freedom of choice legislation.

What are the pilot projects about?

The pilot projects are aimed at supporting the implementation of freedom of choice legislation as part of the regional government, health and social services reform. The freedom of choice pilot projects and trials will provide valuable information on the effectiveness of the freedom of choice model.

The upcoming pilot projects will focus on four different elements: the choice of health and social services centre, the choice of oral health services unit, the use of health and social services vouchers and the use of a personal budget. The pilot projects may also combine these elements.

In addition to the pilot projects, there are also freedom of choice experiments (also known as service voucher experiments) currently underway.

Further information

Kirsi Varhila, Director-General, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 (0)295 163 338, firstname.lastname@stm.fi (call requests by SMS)
Kirsi Paasovaara, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 (0)295 163 012, firstname.lastname@stm.fi
Pasi Pohjola, Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 (0)295 163 585, firstname.lastname@stm.fi (call requests by SMS)