Finland’s government collapses over failed health care reform

POLITICO | 4/20/2019 | Eline Schaart
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PM Juha Sipilä resigns.

Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipilä resigned Friday morning, one month ahead of an election.

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"The social welfare and health care reform was one of our government's most important objectives," Sipilä said at a press briefing. "The snapshot of the situation that I got from the parliament obliged me to examine if there was a possibility of continuing the reform process. There wasn't."

"My conclusion was that my government had to hand in our note of resignation," he added. "I take my responsibility."

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Finland has a decentralized system of health and social welfare programs, where much of the administration is left to local municipalities. This arrangement has led to widespread geographic variation when it comes to quality and access to health care services.

The reform was meant to address these inequalities and reduce the growing cost of the country's health care system, which has come under increasing stress from an ageing population. It included centralization of the administration at a regional level.

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Last month, Sipilä spoke to POLITICO about the “very difficult” social and health care changes, calling them the country’s “biggest reform since the Second World War.”

“The publicity and discussion and debate during the process we...
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