The Finnish government has doubled the funds allocated for pilot projects related to the proposal to increase citizens’ freedom of choice over their social and health care provider from 100 to 200 million euros.
The government announced its decision after wrapping up its two-day framework session on Wednesday, 11 April.
It stated that decisions on carrying out the first stage of the reform would be made on the basis of the pilot project applications and the subsequent negotiations in May. Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, revealed in a press conference that all counties have expressed their interest in launching pilot projects.
The 100 million euros added to the piloting budget will be allocated between the projects at a later date.
An additional 95 million euros, the government added, will be earmarked for next year to cover the preparatory and operational costs of the 18 counties to be established as part of the social, health care and regional government reform in 2020. Another 98 million euros will be set aside for next year for its programme to promote the digitalisation of government and public services – the so-called digital transformation programme.
Sari Raassina (NCP) on Wednesday expressed her delight with the decision to promote citizens’ freedom of choice over their social and health care provider, viewing that pilot projects are crucial for carrying out the social, health care and regional government reform.
“Counties will have an opportunity to trial the freedom of choice before the reform is carried out completely and people will have an opportunity to get to know how their freedom of choice over social and health care services works,” she said.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi