Finnish government’s slippery slope…

SDP = Social Democrats, Kesk = Center Party, Kok = Conservatives, Vihr = Greens, Ps = True Finns, Vas = Left, Rkp = Swedish Folk, Kd = Christian Democrats, Future Blues = SIN, Muut = the rest.

The Finnish political scene shows the continuing big fall in popularity of the present coalition government, which is made up from the 2 big parties, Conservatives (now 19.7%) and Center (now only 15.8%) parties together with the tiny turncoats, the Blues (we can ignore their share being less than 2%). The Social Democrats have shot ahead with 21.6%…

This is not surprising given that the 2 big parties have been trying to push poorly planned  reforms through Parliament, which are nothing more than “pork barrel” deals that are aimed to give benefits to their party members and supporters. Furthermore the 2 big parties love affair with the mutineering Blues is about as adulterous as you can get…

The Conservative Party has seen a fall in the polls probably because the party leaders have turned their back on the most popular candidate, the Mayor of Helsinki, who says that the healthcare reform and the new County proposals are unacceptable to metropolitan Helsinki!      

The Centre Party, the agrarian party that shines with religious righteousness said to “Always Let You Down”, have been busy trying to get the new County proposal through Parliament at any cost, just to get a bigger power base outside the Helsinki region. This reform will not increase democracy, but it will certainly increase costs and bureaucracy at the local level…

The Conservatives just want to privatise huge chunks of the healthcare service at any cost. Their doctors and businessmen supporters are mining gold through this reform. The party churns out nonsense that “freedom of choice for public healthcare” is better for sick patients as the solution to all healthcare problems. Naturally, if you are having a stroke or heart attack, you only want to get to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. It is difficult to see that you will have the energy or time to sit down just then and express an informed opinion about where the ambiance should take you! 

For less urgent cases how can a sick patient make an informed choice to go to the “best” doctor? The choices made by ordinary folk will be random at best, and probably based on slick advertising…

… and all this nonsense about the private sector having a monopoly on healthcare efficiency… Finland ranks as having one of the best and most affordable public healthcare systems in the world. Of course it can always do better, but allowing uncontrolled takeovers of healthcare resources by the private sector is irresponsible and foolish.

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