Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Last updated
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö
Social- och hälsovårdsministeriet
STM logo official.jpg
Ministry overview
HeadquartersMeritullinkatu 8, Helsinki
Employeesapproximately 400
Annual budget€11.5 billion
Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (Finnish : Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö, Swedish : Social- och hälsovårdsministeriet) is a Finnish government ministry tasked with the planning and implementation of policies regarding the social affairs and health of the inhabitants of Finland. [1] The ministry includes two ministers: the Minister of Social Affairs and Health and the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services.

The ministry has five departments: the Administration and Planning Department, the Department for Promotion of Welfare and Health, the Department for Social and Health Services, the Department for Occupational Safety and the Health and Insurance Department. [2]

The ministry’s predecessor was founded prior to Finland's declaration of independence. In the beginning, it focused on countering misery, promoting sobriety, and caring for the poor, vagrants, children and alcoholics. Healthcare was introduced to its tasks in 1968. [3]

A major reform of the health and social service system (sosiaali- ja terveyspalveluiden uudistus, or sote-uudistus for short) has been in the works since 2011. The reform is set to be the largest change to Finland's social and healthcare systems in the country’s history. The reform has been connected to the renewal of regional administration structure (maakuntauudistus). [4] [5]

Related Research Articles

United States Department of Health and Human Services Department of the US federal government

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also known as the Health Department, is a cabinet-level executive branch department of the U.S. federal government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Its motto is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America". Before the separate federal Department of Education was created in 1979, it was called the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).

Municipalities of Finland

The municipalities represent the local level of administration in Finland and act as the fundamental, self-governing administrative units of the country. The entire country is incorporated into municipalities and legally, all municipalities are equal, although certain municipalities are called cities or towns. Municipalities have the right to levy a flat percentual income tax, which is between 16 and 22 percent, and they provide two thirds of public services. Municipalities control many community services, such as schools, health care and the water supply, and local streets. They do not maintain highways, set laws or keep police forces, which are responsibilities of the central government.

Department of Health and Social Care United Kingdom ministerial government department

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is the U.K. government department responsible for government policy on health and adult social care matters in England, along with a few elements of the same matters which are not otherwise devolved to the Scottish Government, Welsh Government or Northern Ireland Executive. It oversees the English National Health Service (NHS). The department is led by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care with three Ministers of State and three Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State.

Regions of Denmark

The five Regions of Denmark were created as administrative entities at a level above the municipalities and below the central government in the public sector as part of the 2007 Danish Municipal Reform, when the 13 counties (amter) were abolished. At the same time, the number of municipalities (kommuner) was cut from 270 to 98. The reform was approved and made into a law by the lawmakers in the Folketing 26 June 2005 with elections to the 98 municipalities and 5 regions being held Tuesday 15 November 2005.

Ministry of Health and Welfare (South Korea) Government ministry in South Korea

The Ministry of Health and Welfare is a branch of the government of South Korea. The headquarters is in Sejong City. Previously the headquarters were on floors 6 through 12 of the Hyundai Building in Jongno District, Seoul, when they were the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs.

Ministry of Health (Turkey)

The Ministry of Health is the ministry of the Government of Turkey responsible for proposing and executing the government policy on health, planning and providing healthcare and protecting consumers. Likewise, it is responsible for proposing and executing the government policy on social cohesion and inclusion, family, protection of minors, youth and of care for dependent or disabled persons. The Ministry is headquartered in the Bakanlıklar in Ankara.

Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK), the Ministry of Māori Development, is the public service department charged with advising the government on policies and issues affecting the Māori community; promoting Māori achievement in health, training and employment, education and economic development; and monitoring the provision of government services to Māori. The name means "a group moving forward together".

The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is a Norwegian ministry established in 1916. It is responsible for the labour market, the working environment, pensions, welfare, social security, integration, immigration, asylum, minorities and the Sami. Since 24 January 2020 the department has been led by Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

Healthcare in Finland consists of a highly decentralized three-level publicly funded healthcare system and a much smaller private sector. Although the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has the highest decision-making authority, the municipalities are responsible for providing healthcare to their residents.

Ministry of Health and Welfare (Taiwan)

The Ministry of Health and Welfare is the Executive Yuan ministry responsible for the administration of the public health system, social welfare, affordable and universal health care, hospitals, pharmaceutical, immunization programs, disease prevention, supervision and coordination of local health agencies in the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Healthcare in Estonia is supervised by the Ministry of Social Affairs and funded by general taxation through the National Health Service.

The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health is a centralised body operating under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Finland. Its statutory purpose is to supervise and provide guidance to healthcare and social services providers, alcohol administration authorities and environmental health bodies and to manage related licensing activities.

Ministry of Health (Spain)

The Ministry of Health (MISAN) is the department of the Government of Spain responsible for proposing and executing the government policy on health, planning and providing healthcare as well as the exercise of the powers of the General State Administration to assure citizens the right to health protection. The Ministry is headquartered in the Paseo del Prado in Madrid, opposite the Prado Museum.

The state agencies that form Thailand's public sector consist of several types of functioning bodies. While some agencies established by mandate of the constitution are independent, others are directly or indirectly answerable to the executive of the Royal Thai Government. The majority of these are government agencies, which employ the civil service as well as the military. Others include public organizations and state enterprises.

Healthcare in Azerbaijan

Healthcare in Azerbaijan is provided by public and private healthcare institutions and regulated through the Ministry of Healthcare.

The Minister of Social Affairs and Health is one of the Finnish Government's ministerial positions. The minister is one of two portfolios associated with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health; the other one is the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services.

Movement Now

Movement Now is an economically liberal political movement in Finland. Movement Now was founded by then-National Coalition Party (NCP) member of parliament (MP) Harry "Hjallis" Harkimo and seven other people.

Ministry of Health (Alberta) is a ministry of the Executive Council of Alberta. Its major responsibilities include setting "policy and direction to achieve a sustainable and accountable health system to promote and protect the health of Albertans."

Vappu Taipale

Vappu Taipale is a Finnish retired politician and physician.

References

  1. "The Ministry". Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. "Management and organisation". Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  3. "History - From Grand Duchy to welfare state". Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. Hämäläinen, Unto (2015). "Sote on kaatanut monta ministeriä – kuinka käy Juha Rehulan?". Helsingin Sanoamt (in Finnish). Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  5. "In-depth reform of the healthcare system in Finland". ESPN Flash Report. EU. 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017.