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Real impact outweights productivity for social and health sector, says report

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 16.2.2006 9.00
Press release -

Though there is much common agreement that increasing the productivity of the social and health sectors is one way to meet the challenges of demographic change, the new edition of Trends on Social Protection 2005-2006 stresses that incisive assessments of the impact of measures and decision-making are crucial in monitoring productivity.

The publication points out that the main challenge facing the country is to achieve a balanced and mutually supportive combination of economic growth, employment and social policy.

A key factor here, says the report, is a sound family policy. It points out that mechanisms such as productivity measurements are by themselves insufficient, and offers a nuanced and multifaceted approach to social policy development in the coming years.

Further information:
Mr Kari Välimäki, Director-General, Finance and Planning, tel. +358 9 1607 3194
Mr Rolf Myhrman, Deputy Director-General, Finance and Planning tel. +358 9 1607 3831,
Mr Veli Laine, STM, Senior Research Office tel.+358 9 1607 3841

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