The Directorate of Health is a specialist directorate and an administrative body under the Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion. The Directorate is administered by the Ministry of Health and Care Services.
The Directorate of Health’s societal mission is to improve the whole population’s social security and health through comprehensive and targeted efforts across services, sectors and administrative levels.
The directorate shall base these efforts on its role as a specialist body, regulatory administrator and implementer in the areas of health and care policy.
The Directorate of Health is a specialist body both in the area of public health and living conditions and in the area of health services. This entails:
- Being responsible for monitoring the conditions that affect public health and living conditions and monitoring the trends in the health and care services. On this basis, the directorate shall offer advice and guidance about strategies and measures aimed at central government authorities, regional and local authorities, the health enterprises, voluntary organisations, the private sector and the population.
- Comparing knowledge and experience in professional matters and setting national standards of behaviour in certain areas.
- Being an organisation that provides expertise to the authorities, various sectors, the service providers, interest organisations, research and development circles and the media.