Tendering for occupational health care
Occupational healthcare procurement involves two types of procurement in Finland, in fact: occupational healthcare services and the employee insurances used to complement these services. We'll help you find the best possible occupational health care and personnel insurance setup that meets all your legal obligations.
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Occupational healthcare bidding
It is good to regularly analyse the content of occupational healthcare and the service provider. However, comparing can be difficult, because service provider packages consist of very different things and because the service providers use different billing models. Some prefer package solutions with more fixed pricing, while others charge for each service on a per-service basis.
When it comes to occupational health services, it is similarly important to assess the necessity and effectiveness of each service. You do not want to pay for a service that does not actually improve the well-being of your employees, after all. Sometimes companies also have overlapping contracts. You might be paying for the same thing both in the occupational healthcare contract and in employee insurance.
Occupational health care should be tendered regularly every few years. Mergers of healthcare service providers have brought their own challenges in recent years, where smaller operators have joined large national chains. This may bring changes to the quality and arrangements of the previously used services.
In general, tendering is always worthwhile if you are not satisfied with the current service quality, costs or smoothness of cooperation.
In Finland statutory occupational health care is based on the prevention of health hazards and harms caused by work and working conditions. The goal is to promote and maintain employees' health and work ability.
According to the Finnish Occupational Health Care Act (pdf), the activities of occupational health care include e.g., guidance and advice on healthy and safe working conditions and working methods. Chosen occupational health care provider advises and guides both the employee and the employer.
Statutory occupational health care does not include, for example, medical treatment or surgeries.
In many industries, the shortage of skilled workers has become so great that companies have to attract employees with several personnel benefits. Personnel benefits are an economic way of rewarding the employer compared to monetary rewards. Very comprehensive occupational health care is one of the benefits that employees in Finland value. From the employer's point of view, it is also often more advantageous for the employee to quickly get good treatment and, with that, to get back to work faster.