Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said his centre-right coalition government could collapse on Friday if it fails to reach agreement on healthcare reforms that envisage spending cuts of up to 3 billion euros (£2.14 billion).
The reforms are a key part of the government's plan to balance the public finances over the long term in Finland, a eurozone member country now mired in recession.
"It is very likely that I will go to meet the president tomorrow," Sipila told a news conference, meaning the resignation of the three-party government.
Sipila added that, in the absence of a compromise deal on health reform, he would prefer not to call snap elections but to form a new government from the current parliament.
Sipila and his Centre party, which has rural roots, wants to divide the country into 18 regions where governmental bodies would decide on health care services.