Planning your elective: Finland
Mark Wilson gives you the low down on planning your elective in Finland
Situated right in the north of Europe, Finland reaches up into the Arctic Circle. It has some beautiful countryside, great if you like walking, although the cost of living is quite expensive.
Finland has a sound healthcare policy, the remit of which is to constantly improve both the standard and distribution of healthcare. The healthcare system is run by health authorities through 21 hospital districts. Healthcare costs are met through taxation (75%), by direct payment from patients (21%), and from the state sickness insurance, which is funded by local employers (4%). There are 450 municipalities for primary care and the country is divided into 20 regions providing hospital care. There are five university hospitals.
The facilities in many hospitals are better than those in many other parts of Europe. Despite this, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases are still the big causes of mortality. Interestingly, male life expectancy is low for Europe