The financial statements for 2019 showed a deficit. Demand for HUS services continues to grow.
In 2019, HUS finances showed a deficit of EUR 15 million. Binding net costs exceeded the budgeted amount by EUR 16 million.
At the same time, the volume of operations exceeded the budget by 3.3%. In 2019, a total of 680,621 patients were treated at HUS. The number of patients treated, including health center patients at joint emergency clinics, increased by 10.8% on the previous year. This was due particularly to the transfer of emergency clinic services at Haartman and Malmi Hospitals from the City of Helsinki to HUS at the beginning of 2019. The number of health center patients treated at joint emergency clinics in 2019 was 191,214, an increase of 70.6% on 2018.
The comparable number of referrals for non-urgent treatment was 330,189, an increase of 4.7% on the previous year. Nearly one in three of the residents of member municipalities used specialist medical care services provided or organized by HUS in 2019.
HUS member municipalities’ specialist medical care costs per resident were EUR 1,057 on average in 2019.
Operating costs increased
HUS operating costs exceeded the budget by EUR 131 million, or 5.8%. Operating costs increased by EUR 223 million, or more than 10%, on 2018. Discounting the functions transferred from member municipalities to HUS, operating costs increased by 6.4%.
This increase was mainly due to the growing costs of pharmaceuticals, nursing supplies and ICT services, outsourced medical services and facilities costs. Personnel costs also exceeded the budget, by EUR 21 million. Personnel costs increased by EUR 100 million on the previous year.
The several transfers of functions that took place in 2019 increased HUS operating costs by about EUR 79 million. This contributed among other things to the increase in personnel costs.