Finnish Medicine and Healthcare
Finnish Medicine and Healthcare
Finland is known for its modern welfare society and highly dominating public sector. This can be seen in schooling and education as well as in infrastructure and social welfare. Finland continues to rank as one of the highest for example in international PISA survey for grade school students. Finland’s primary education has been ranked as the best one in the world after World Economic Forum in 2016.
Strong public sector applies also in medical and healthcare services and thus most of social and healthcare are organized publicly by government, hospital districts and municipalities. There are 21 separate hospital districts in Finland which are the local head organization for specialized healthcare services. Municipalities are generally responsible for offering primary care and social services in their area. Overall the system is working well and system is the most cost-effective in the whole Europe.
We rank the second lowest OECD country in certain joint (hip and knee) replacement surgery complications as well being the 2nd best country in deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Compared to USA the risk of having such postoperative complication in Finland is around 6 times lower being 600 patients per 100,000 discharged patients. Finland is extremely low in postoperative sepsis in abdominal surgeries as well – only 400 cases per 100,000 discharged patients while the risk for this severe infection in USA being 5 times higher. See more on OECD reports about these surgical complications.
Finnish healthcare can be considered a success because of several indicators:
- Finnish healthcare is a leader in value-for-money healthcare after 2015 statistics of Euro Health Consumer Index
- in the top 20 countries in life expectancy by WHO with women up to 84 years and men to 78 years. The average being 81.3 years where in USA 78.9 years in life expectancy at birth.
- third lowest mortality in cancer in OECD countries
The social and welfare program starts actively from newborns: in Finland there is 3rd lowest infant mortality rate of 2.2 per 1000 under 5-year-olds it being 5.8 in USA. The vaccination program for young children is also very inclusive, as almost 99% of children under 2 years of age are vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis) and measles.
Why Finland Is a Superior Choice for Medical Treatment
- Finland is a safe, well-organized and clean Western country. It is the safest country for travelers in 2017.
- Finland ranks among the highest in OECD surveys in education and job skills, safety and life satisfaction. See more here.
- Finland and the whole Nordics are easily accessible – take a direct flight from Miami, JFK, Chicago, or San Fransisco to Helsinki-Vantaa airport. A direct connection is important for a medical traveler.
- Finnish medical services work to the highest international standards and have excellent treatment results: cancer research, treatment is spectacular and mortality rate is among the lowest and highly accredited hospital have received international acknowledgments and certifications such as ISO9001
- Finnish hospitals have a very low incidence of MRSA and hospital infections. MRSA and Tuberculosis are on the same level as in USA in general (see more on our Hospitals). Low level of sepsis after abdominal surgeries among OECD countries.
- Finnish hospitals benefit from the latest treatment methods, state-of-the-art equipment and technologies and modern facilities (see more on our Hospitals)
- Fully English-speaking medical staff in hospitals
- Finland is the 5th best English-speaking nation among non-native English countries.
- Affordable fixed prices for most surgeries (see more on our Pricing)
- Intensive care facilities for more demanding patients available in our portfolio hospitals