Finnish healthcare reforms delayed by one year

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  • Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila gives a statement with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Stefanie Loos

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The Finnish government will implement health and local government reforms in January 2020, Prime Minister Juha Sipila wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, effectively announcing a one-year delay to the centre-right government's key reform.

The reforms are a cornerstone of Sipila's plan to balance Finland's public finances and boost the economy after a decade of stagnation. The reform aims to curb future health care costs by around 3 billion euros (£2.4 billion) as Finland struggles with an ageing population.

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