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Social and Health Services

Social welfare and health care is the largest local government function and a central part of the Finnish system of welfare services. The right to social welfare and health services is a basic and fundamental right of the whole population. Local authorities are responsible for performing the social welfare and health care services laid down for them by law. They may provide the services either alone or secure them from other organisations or private sector providers.
The Finnish social welfare and health service system has proved to be cost-efficient and of high quality, and it enjoys wide public support. Over the next few years, however, the sustainability gap in general government finances as well as changes in the population structure will prompt pressure for reform in service structures and organisational practices. 
The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities support municipalities in their efforts to improve the productivity and effectiveness of the service system, make the system more user friendly and develop operations that promote general health and well-being.

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