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FSD1133 Sociobarometer 1998

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  • Finnish Federation for Social Welfare and Health (STKL)

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employment policy, health services, informal economy, medical centres, organizations, public health, social policy, social security, social services, social work, welfare policy, welfare services

Abstract

The respondents included executives of municipal social services, health centres, employment offices, health and social organisations, and the local offices of the Social Insurance Institution. The executives assessed the well-being of their customers, as well as the well-being and social security of specific population groups (e.g. the unemployed, the re-constituted families). They also evaluated the adequacy of different social benefits (sickness benefit, subsistence subsidy, etc). The respondents were asked to evaluate the socio-economic situation of municipalities, and whether it was possible to ensure the necessary services with the present resources. The functionality of services, as well as the changes in the services provided by the municipal social and health services, the Social Insurance Institution, employment administration, and the private sector were also canvassed.

The respondents assessed the significance of the informal sector, and the role of various operators (organisations, municipalities, self-care) producing help and support. Workforce adequacy and competence development were also canvassed. The respondents evaluated how significant a role various operators play in the regional social and health policy, and what kind of impact this policy has on the well-being of the customers. They were asked to monitor some social policy related issues, such as means-testing and migration. In addition, the executives representing health and social organisations evaluated the possible organisational changes, and the effects these might have on regional co-operation.

Background variables included the respondent's occupational position or title and province.

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