Terms related to the health and social services reform
The definitions are based on the government’s legislative proposals on the health and social services reform and client’s freedom of choice.
- Assessment of the need for services
- Capitation-based compensation
- Client care plan
- Collaborative area for healthcare and social welfare
- Corporate social responsibility
- Criteria for service providers
- Digitalisation, digital services
- Direct-choice service
- Freedom of choice
- Freedom of choice pilot projects
- Health and social services centre, HSS centre
- Health and social services reform
- Health and social services voucher
- Healthcare and social welfare
- Locally accessible service
- Low threshold service
- Oral health unit, dental clinic
- Performance-based compensation
- Personal budget
- Public service pledge
- Responsibility for financial resources, responsibility for financing
- Responsibility for organising services
- Service entity
- Service integration, integration of services
- Service provider, provider of health and social services
- Service provision, provision of services
- Unincorporated county enterprise
Assessment of the need for services means that a health or social care professional and a client together define the health and social services the client needs.
See also client care plan
Capitation-based compensation is a fixed sum of money the counties pay to health and social services centres and oral health units for each individual who signs up as a client.
See also performance-based compensation
A client care plan details the health and social services a client needs and how they will be delivered. It is based on an assessment of the client’s need for services.
See also assessment of the need for services, health and social services centre, unincorporated county enterprise
Collaborative areas for healthcare and social welfare are formed by counties for the purpose of regional integration, development collaboration and division of duties in healthcare and social welfare.
Corporate social responsibility means the obligation of the providers of health and social services to publish information about their operations and social responsibility.
Criteria for service providers are a set of county-defined conditions that service providers must meet before they can deliver services within the scope of freedom of choice (direct-choice services, health and social services vouchers and personal budgets).
Digitalisation means the utilisation of digital technologies in services, working life and people’s daily lives.
Direct-choice services mean that clients can choose the service provider themselves without an assessment of the need for services by their county.
Freedom of choice means that clients have the right to choose themselves which service provider and which of the service provider's units they will use to get health and social services.
See also health and social services centre, service entity, oral health unit, freedom of choice pilot projects
Freedom of choice pilot projects are implemented across Finland to test how freedom of choice works in practice.
Health and social services centres provide primary health services and advice on social services. HSS centres are comparable to the existing health centres.
The health and social services reform is an initiative of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Government to restructure the organisation of public healthcare and social welfare services.
A health and social services voucher can be granted to a client for getting a particular health or social service. The service provider is compensated for the costs of delivering the service up to the amount indicated in the voucher.
Healthcare and social welfare means an activity in which public authorities organise healthcare and social welfare services.
See service integration
Locally accessible services are services that clients can access with reasonable ease at home or close to their home.
Low threshold services are services that clients can access without appointment or referral.
Oral health units provide oral health services.
Performance-based compensation is a sum of money the counties pay to service providers to compensate for the costs of delivering a service or performing a procedure.
See also capitation-based compensation
A personal budget can be granted to a client with long-term service needs for getting health or social service. The service provider is compensated for the costs of delivering services up to the amount indicated in the budget.
See also client care plan, unincorporated county enterprise
Public service pledge is a description of the targets and values that serve as a basis for the way a county fulfils its responsibility for organising services.
Responsibility for financial resources means a statutory obligation to finance health and social services.
The county has a responsibility for organising healthcare and social welfare services in such a way that clients get the health and social services required by law.
Service entity is an administrative unit for the provision of healthcare and social welfare services.
Service integration means that health and social services are arranged into client-oriented packages.
Service providers are public, private or third sector operators that provide health and social services. The services are publicly funded.
Provision of services means that a service provider and its personnel delivers health and social services to people.
See also service provider
Unincorporated country enterprises are operators that provide health services, social services and specialised healthcare services.