On 29 June the Government published draft bills on reforming health and social services and on establishing counties. The main legislative acts governing the reforms are the Counties Act, the Act on Organising Health and Social Services, the Implementation Act and the Act on the Financing of the Counties.
Following negotiations held by the Ministerial working group on reforms, on 29 June the Government agreed on further preparation of freedom of choice legislation and the simplification of multisource financing. The Government wants people’s different service needs as the point of departure for the Finnish freedom of choice model.
At the heart of this is what's best for the child, but the child's privacy is also essential.
Tuomas Kurttila on the principles of child welfare
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.