Majority of party leaders say Finnish healthcare system isn’t working

Finland does not currently have a well-functioning healthcare system that can treat all patients equally and in a timely fashion.

That’s the majority view of parliamentary party leaders, as revealed during Yle’s election debate on Monday evening.

Eight out of nine leaders answered in the negative when debate moderator Annika Damström asked at the beginning of the programme whether the Finnish healthcare system works as it should.

Responding to the question, National Coalition Party leader Petteri Orpo raised two issues

“The first is to get people off the waiting lists and into care. The second is that we need to recruit more nurses and health and social care professionals,” Orpo said.

Marin: Good and bad healthcare in Finland

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) answered “yes and no” to the question, explaining that Finland’s healthcare system both works and does not work.

Marin explained that Finland has good and bad healthcare, noting that the biggest problems are at the basic levels of the system.

She further added that the current government has made changes aimed at improving healthcare services, including the passage of the Sote reform bill.

Advance voting for Finland’s parliamentary elections opens on Wednesday 22 March, with the official polling date scheduled for Sunday 2 April.

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