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Healthcare costs continue to rise in Finland

According to a study by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, healthcare expenditure in Finland is rising.

According to a study by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, healthcare expenditure in Finland is rising.

In 2006, healthcare costs rose 6.3 per cent in larger cities, compared with 4.4 per cent in 2003.

In large and mid-sized towns, an average of EUR 1,716 per inhabitant was spent on healthcare services and elderly care. Most money was spent in the capital region, particularly in Helsinki.

However, in real terms Helsinki's expenses have been stable since 2002, while costs in the cities of Vantaa and Espoo have increased 12 percent.

According to the report, basic services like 24-hour care and dental care are behind the increase in costs, but the ageing population was not responsible for increased expenses.

In 2006, basic healthcare expenses including homecare for those over the age of 65 and 24-hour care rose eight per cent, while speciality care costs increased four percent.

21st August 2007

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