The Minister for Regional and Municipal Affairs Hannes Manninen has proposed increasing public health care charges for high income earners.
Manninen considers it logical that those with greater spending power should pay more for health services. They also benefit most from tax cuts, he added.
In an interview given to the newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet, the Minister says at least public dental health care charges could be increased.
Taxes and charges walk hand in hand, he said. If taxation is reduced, this inevitably leads to an increase in public service charges.
Manninen also called on local government to save money by the voluntary merger of municipalities.
YLE Radio News, Finnish News Agency STT