The 2015 National Prize for Innovative Practices in Employment and Social Policy goes to the City of Kankaanpää and Pipelife Finland Oy
Government decision on next steps in reform package on healthcare, social welfare and autonomous regions
On 9 November, the Government published more information about its policies on the reform package on healthcare, social welfare and autonomous regions, and on how they will be divided. There will be 18 autonomous regions in the country, of which 15 will organise healthcare and social services in their area themselves. Under new legislation, the remaining three regions will provide the services with the support of one of the other autonomous regions. Besides healthcare and social services, other duties will also be brought together under the autonomous regions.
The aim of the reform is to secure services of sufficiently high quality and their availability on an equitable basis.
Tuomas Pöysti on the social welfare and health care reform.
Ministry and related authorities
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health manages the preparation and implementation of Finland’s social welfare and health care policy, gender equality policy and occupational safety and health policy. The purpose of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to lead a healthy and safe life. The duties of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health are to promote the health and functional capacity of the population, to promote healthy workplace and living environments, to ensure sufficient social welfare and health care services, to safeguard a reasonable income at various stages in life, and to promote gender equality.
Areas of expertise
The MSAH's administrative sector is wide ranging. It is supported in its work by the expertise of the whole sector's agencies and institutes. There are several independent agencies and institutions in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health which implement the social welfare and health care policy goals laid out by the Ministry and participate in Government Programme projects. The areas of experties of the MSAH include promotion of welfare, social and health services, income security, insurances, working life and gender equality.