Finland

Health care in Finland consists of a highly decentralized three-level publicly-funded healthcare system and a much smaller private sector. Although the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has the highest decision-making authority, the municipalities (local governments) are responsible for providing healthcare to their residents. Finland offers its residents universal healthcare. The prevenion od diseases and other types of health promotion have been the main focus of Finnish healthcare policies for decades. That has resulted in the eradication of certain communicable diseases and improvement in the health of population. The quality of service in Finnish healthcare is considered to be good; according to a survey published by the European Commission in 2000, Finland belongs to the top five countries in satisfaction: 88% of Finnish respondents were satisfied, compared with the EU average of 41.3%.


The administrative branch of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health’s budget proposal for 2019

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health’s 2019 budget proposal for its administrative branch totals about EUR 14.97 billion.The figure is about EUR 36,8 million less than in the 2018 Budget. The reduction is mainly due to employment growth.The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health’s draft budget improves the position […]


A gene linked to job-related exhaustion in shift workers also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A Finnish study published in the respected SLEEP journal shows that a variation in the melatonin receptor 1A (MTNR1A) gene is linked to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly. The same research team has previously demonstrated that the same genetic variation reduces tolerance to shift work among the […]


Nearly 40 percent of women have experienced sexual harassment, younger women in particular encounter harassment

Women experience inappropriate behaviour such as sexual harassment, hate speech and degrading comments related to their gender more often than men.According to the newest Gender Equality Barometer 2017, 38 percent of women has experienced sexual harassment in the past two years. Especially young women encounter sexual harassment. More than half […]


Expert working group appointed to examine end-of-life care and euthanasia

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has appointed a working group to examine regulatory needs concerning good end-of-life care and patients’ right to self-determination as well as terminal care and euthanasia. End-of-life care encompasses palliative care, meaning treatment aimed at providing relief from symptoms, and terminal care.As is the […]


Expert working group appointed to examine end-of-life care and euthanasia

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has appointed a working group to examine regulatory needs concerning good end-of-life care and patients’ right to self-determination as well as terminal care and euthanasia. End-of-life care encompasses palliative care, meaning treatment aimed at providing relief from symptoms, and terminal care.As is the […]


Minister Mattila: Finland continues its good work in preventing chronic diseases

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Independent High-level Commission has issued recommendations for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). It calls for urgent action from policy-makers to address the burden of chronic diseases and mental health problems across the globe. The Commission emphasises that successful prevention and control of […]


Minister Mattila: Finland continues its good work in preventing chronic diseases

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Independent High-level Commission has issued recommendations for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). It calls for urgent action from policy-makers to address the burden of chronic diseases and mental health problems across the globe. The Commission emphasises that successful prevention and control of […]


What is alueuudistus.fi? Or omamaakunta.fi?

Do you need information on the regional government, health and social services reform or key projects? Not to worry! Numerous different websites provide information from varying perspectives.omamaakunta.fiOmamaakunta.fi is the national source of information on the regional government, health and social services reform. The website is intended first and foremost for […]


What is regionalreform.fi? Or mycounty.fi?

Do you need information on the regional government, health and social services reform or key projects? Not to worry! Numerous different websites provide information from varying perspectives.mycounty.fiMycounty.fi is the national source of information on the regional government, health and social services reform. The website is intended first and foremost for […]