Decentralisation and equity of healthcare provision in Finland

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Author: Meri Koivusalo
Date: May 1, 1999
From: British Medical Journal(Vol. 318, Issue 7192)
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Document Type: Article
Length: 2,233 words

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Abstract :

The decentralized management of health care services in Finland complicates efforts to provide equitable medical services across social classes. Finns are extremely satisfied with their national health services, which is managed by 452 municipalities which allocate resources. Federal block funding grants, plus local taxation, finance the system. The division of resources based solely on population densities potentially shortchanges those living in rural and less-populated areas, where health services are inherently more expensive per capita to deliver.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A54796006