The Norwegian healthcare system is founded on the principles of universal access, decentralization and free choice of provider.
On a per head basis, Norwegian expenditure on healthcare is the highest in the world. Every member of the Norwegian National Insurance scheme (broadly speaking, every resident of Norway) has the right to access healthcare services. Although treatment is not free, there is an annual limit on how much anyone individual has to pay for healthcare.
- Local authorities at the municipal level organize and finance primary health care services according to local demand. The central Government has overall managerial and financial responsibility for the hospital sector.
- All public hospitals in Norway are run by four Regional Health Authorities (RHA) overseen by the Ministry of Health and Care Services. A small number of hospitals are privately owned. However, most private hospitals are funded by the public, and private health insurance is not at all commonplace.
Administration of healthcare
The organization Helfo, part of the Norwegian Directorate of Health is your primary access point for healthcare administration in Norway. Through Hello you can choose or change your regular GP, order a European Health Insurance Card and obtain reimbursement of medical expenses when appropriate.
There are some top rated hospitals in Norway:
1. University Hospital of North Norway
The University Hospital of North Norway or UNN is a hospital and health trust. UNN is a university hospital for the region which includes the counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark. It is part of the Northern Norway Regional Health Authority. Its service area has a combined population of 465,000.
Location: Sykehusvegen 38, 9019 Tromsø, Norway
Phone:+47 77 62 60 00
2. Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet
Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet is one of the four main campuses of Oslo University Hospital in Oslo, Norway. It was an independent hospital, Rigshospitalet, later spelled Rikshospitalet, from 1826 to 2009, when it merged with other university hospitals in Oslo.
Location: Sognsvannsveien 20, 0372 Oslo, Norway
Phone: +47 23 07 00 00
3. Sunnaas hospital
Sunnaas Hospital is a hospital in Nesodden, Norway, and a health trust under Helse Sor-ost. Sunnaas is the country’s largest specialised hospital in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Patient services include cancer services, brain injuries after accidents or disease, multiple injuries, burns, and neurology.
Location: Bjørnemyrveien 11, 1453 Bjørnemyr, Norway
Phone:+47 66 96 90 00
4. Ringerike Hospital
Ringerike Hospital is a hospital which deals with patients from the Buskerud area, especially around Hønefoss. The hospital is part of Vestre Viken Hospital Trust of Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority. It is the main hospital for around 75,000 people, with capacity for 872 in-patients.
Location: Arnold Dybsjords vei 1, 3511 Hønefoss, Norway
Phone: +47 03525
Published by: Antika