Health and social services reform
 

The structure of health and social services will be reformed.

This means that   

- Responsibility for providing public healthcare and social services will be assigned to autonomous regions that are larger than municipalities.
- Healthcare and social services will be brought together at all levels to form customer-oriented entities, and basic public services will be strengthened.
- The existing multisource financing will be simplified and customers will have more freedom of choice in the services.
- The objective is to reduce inequities in wellbeing and health between people, and to manage costs.
- The reform will help to bridge a large part of the sustainability gap in general government finances. The Government's aim is to save EUR 10 billion, of which approximately EUR 3 billion should be covered through the reforms in the branch of government of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
- Besides structural reforms, the steering and operating models in healthcare and social welfare will be thoroughly modernised. The aim is to achieve better services that are not only more customer-oriented, effective and cost-efficient than before but also better coordinated.