Outsourcing within the Nordic context : Care services for older people in Finland
Mathew Puthenparambil, J. (2018). Outsourcing within the Nordic context : Care services for older people in Finland. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 30(5), 440-457. https://doi.org/10.1080/08959420.2018.1465800
Published inJournal of Aging and Social Policy
DisciplineYhteiskuntapolitiikkaIkääntymisen ja hoivan tutkimuksen huippuyksikköSocial and Public PolicyCentre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care
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The early 1990s economic setback brought significant reforms favoring the outsourcing of care in Finnish municipalities. Here, outsourcing refers to the practice of municipalities employing private organizations through different means (e.g., open tendering) to deliver public care services. In this context, this study examines the growth in the outsourcing of service housing and home-help services in 311 municipalities from 2001 to 2015 and investigates the municipal factors associated with outsourcing using four dimensions: care needs, population size, economic situation, and political ideology of the municipality. The findings reveal a steep increase in the outsourcing of home-help and service housing. Care needs of older people are the most influential factor for outsourcing, particularly for service housing. Overall, the findings show a growing trend in private care provision in Finnish municipalities.
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ISSN Search the Publication Forum0895-9420
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF; Centre of Excellence, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by the “Linked Ageing: Interdependencies in Housing and Care in the Course of Later Life (LinkAge)” and the “Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare)” research projects funded by the Academy of Finland. The author is grateful to Teppo Kröger, University of Jyväskylä; Virpi Timonen, Trinity College, Dublin; and Marta Szebehely, Stockholm University, for their valuable comments on the manuscript and also to Tomi Oinas, University of Jyväskylä, for his statistical advice. The author is thankful to all the three reviewers for their thoughtful and constructive comments. The author also expresses gratitude to the Finnish Statistic and Indicator Bank (SOTKA-net) and Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus) for making the national data available for research purposes. - Funding text #2: This work was supported by the Academy of Finland: LinkAge  and CoE AgeCare . ...
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