Finland's government resigns over failed healthcare reform

Prime Minister Juha Sipila said he was "hugely disappointed" in the outcome. Mr Sipila's government is expected to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a planned election in April. The government had hoped its planned reforms would save up to €3bn (£2.6bn) over the next decade. Like many developed nations, Finland has an ageing population that is putting financial pressure on its social welfare systems. As an increasing number of people live longer in retirement, the cost of providing pension and healthcare benefits can rise. Those increased costs are paid for by taxes collected from of the working-age population – who make up a smaller percentage of the population than in decades past. Finland's welfare system is also generous in its provisions, making it relatively expensive. Attempts at reform have plagued Finnish governments for years. - BBC News -



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