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. doi:10.1080/08959420.2018.1465800
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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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