Survey: A large number of Finns see little sense in Sote

Reforms would see a huge shakeup in the way social and healthcare services are provided across the country.

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Are you having a hard time understanding the government’s planned social and healthcare reform known as Sote?

Then you’re not alone.

A new survey carried out by broadcaster MTV finds 40% of people in Finland don’t consider the government’s reform strategies to be necessary. Instead, they think the reforms could be done in other ways through smaller changes.

The reform contains three big components: integration of social and healthcare services; re-structuring Finnish regions; and implementing more freedom for residents to choose between public and private healthcare providers.

“People are feeling annoying for its complexity and they don’t have enough information what is this all about” Heikki Hiilamo, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Helsinki tells MTV.

The new survey also finds that as much as 60% of Finns don’t believe the reforms will get approval from parliament.

Over the past year parliament debate and questions in committees have forced the government to delay their desire to seek a final vote from MPs on the Sote reform plan.