Experiences of healthcare in Finland
In December of 2021, Tixton May, spent his Christmas holidays, venturing solo to explore healthcare in Finland. Landing at temperatures as low as minus 27 degrees to experience a health care system that is arguably further developed and more impressive than the one from his home country, the United Kingdom (UK).
In Finland, he worked out of the Southern Karelia Health and Social Care District (EKSOTE). The EKSOTE ambulance service caters for a population of 128k, and they receive around 25,000 ambulance callouts annually. A figure considerably less than the demand from my area of the UK, the southwest, which can receive up to 3,000 calls daily. 100km was the distance from his station in Parikkala to Lappeenranta, a city with the closest emergency department. From language barriers, further pharmacological interventions, and broader access to pre-hospital means of testing, he has attempted to paint a small summation of his experience working for Finland’s front-line ambulance service.
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