Liisa Hyssälä, the director general at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), has reiterated her concerns about the sustainability of the country's social security system.
“Our basic social security system is a patchwork and we cannot afford the constantly rising social security costs. Various benefits should be brought together into larger wholes both for the sake of customers and for the sake of sensible administration and the public economy,” she writes in a blog on Sosiaalivakuutus.fi.
“The majority of social security benefits were intended as temporary means of support, but they have become part of permanent basic security.”
Hyssälä estimates that a well-designed basic income scheme would be able to generate well-being more cost-efficiently than the current social security system and provide security in times of change. She also calls for a debate on the distribution of responsibilities between the individual and the society.
Hyssälä will retire as the director general of Kela at year-end and will be replaced by Elli Aaltonen, a long-term member of the board of directors at Kela and the director general of the Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI) for Eastern Finland.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi