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  • Industry: Healthcare
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 5/21/2013

Finland 

An overview of long term systems for the elderly and future direction.

Current long term care system for elderly

Finland has a publicly funded system open for all residents, and covers a range of services from home care to institutional care. Entitlement to services is based on place of residence.1

Program and nature of coverage

LTC in Finland includes home nursing, day services and institutional care provided by municipalities or NGO’s.2

Nature of benefit coverage

Individuals over the age of 75 are eligible for a social service needs assessment conducted by municipalities. The care allowance is payable based on the need for assistance, guidance and supervision. Users share cost by paying a part of fees.3 Legislation governs and determines the users share.4

Source of funding

Care is primarily funded by central government transfers and municipal taxes.5

Reforms initiated/ future direction

The long term care system in Finland is largely administered by municipalities. The system is undergoing an overhaul which will result in substantial implications for LTC. A potential result of this reform in 2013 will be higher responsibility for local authorities to reduce institutional care and ensure care without delay. A major implication will be the increased demand for manpower.6



1Long-term care in Finland, European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes, June 2010
Accessed 21 February 2013

2Finland Long-term care (PDF 74 KB), OECD, 18 May, 2011
Accessed 21 February, 2013

3Finland Long-term care (PDF 74 KB), OECD, 18 May, 2011
Accessed 21 February, 2013

4Long-term care in Finland, European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes, June 2010
Accessed 21 February 2013

5Finland Long-term care (PDF 74 KB), OECD, 18 May, 2011
Accessed 21 February, 2013

6Act on Care Services for the Elderly to ensure a high standard of quality nationwide, 27 Dec, 2012
Accessed 21 February, 2013

 

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