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Access to care and availability of services to be improved

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 16.8.2021 11.00 | Published in English on 16.8.2021 at 12.05
Press release
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Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru talked about the development of primary healthcare services over the next few years at a press conference concerning the Future Health and Social Services Centres programme.

The aim of the programme is to support the wellbeing services counties in preparing and introducing new health and social services centres where people can get the help they need more swiftly in a broad-based manner.

When the acts concerning the health and social services reform start entering into force from 2023 onwards, the wellbeing services counties will assume responsibility for organising health, social and rescue services.  

Application round for discretionary government grants launched to speed up the change

An additional call for government grant applications in 2021 will be opened today, 16 August, for those projects in the future wellbeing services counties that were awarded government grants in 2020. The aim of the grants is to complement, expand and continue the ongoing project packages in each wellbeing services county as required by their current situation. 

The additional call for applications places particular emphasis on measures promoting the availability of services in primary healthcare, social welfare, mental healthcare and multi-sectoral rehabilitation. All projects must improve access to care and ensure the introduction of psychosocial methods for all age groups.

The wellbeing services counties will plan the operating models, local service points, e-services and any services they intend to centralise so that they meet the needs of the population, ensuring the accessibility and availability of primary level services


Eila Mäkipää, State Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, [email protected], tel. +358 295163632
Taina Mäntyranta, Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, [email protected], tel. +358 295163 692