The Joint Municipal Authority is tasked with arranging primary health care, social welfare services, and specialized health care for inhabitants in its 13 member municipalities, which include:
Kristiinankaupunki / Kristinestad
Kaskinen / Kaskö
Närpiö / Närpes
Korsnäs (social welfare services organized by the municipality of Korsnäs)
Maalahti / Malax
Mustasaari / Korsholm
Vaasa / Vasa
Vöyri / Vörå
Uusikaarlepyy / Nykarleby
Pietarsaari / Jakobstad
Luoto / Larsmo
The Joint Municipal Authority’s duties are described in more detail in Section 3 of the Charter:
The Joint Municipal Authority is responsible for the equal provision of specialized health care for its member municipalities in accordance with current legislation, and for taking on the Hospital District’s statutory obligations to this effect.
In addition, the Joint Municipal Authority can arrange statutory social and primary health care services for the region’s inhabitants insofar as the member municipalities have agreed to it and transferred service arranging responsibilities to the Joint Municipal Authority in accordance with the provisions in Section 8 of the Finnish Local Government Act.
The Joint Municipal Authority can arrange services by producing the services itself, by agreement with a municipality or joint municipal authority, by procuring services from another producer, by service voucher, or by another manner permitted by law.
The Joint Municipal Authority may produce services that support its own area of responsibility or act as a shareholder or member in a community which carries out functions that support the Joint Municipal Authority’s purposes.
The Joint Municipal Authority may sell services to third parties.
The Joint Municipal Authority may arrange services within special care, occupational health care, and rescue services insofar as the member municipalities have transferred the service arranging responsibility to the Joint Municipal Authority in accordance with the provisions in Section 8 of the Finnish Local Government Act.
The Joint Municipal Authority may own and dispose of real estate.