The Conservative Party promises patients access to private healthcare

Erna SolbergFor the first time the Conservative Party presents its timeline for what could be an extensive reform of the Norwegian healthcare system.

If Conservative Party Leader Erna Solberg gets her way after the election, she will aim to implement a prestigious health plan that gives everyone access to private health care - on the government's dime.

If the party wins this fall's election, the plan is for all patients to have access to "free choice of treatment" within January 16, 2016. This means that patients will be able to choose whether they want their treatment at a private or public hospital. The government will still cover the costs.

The Conservative program plan for the health reform includes several steps. In the National budget for 2014, all hospitals will be required to increase the quota for services bought from private hospitals, such as x-rays. Solberg estimates that at least 20,000 more people will be treated at private hospitals next year.

On January 2015, the law that secures "free choice of treatment" for all patients will be introduced. Certain groups of patients will be selected to try the new system and choose between private and public care.

From January 1, 2016, free choice of treatment will be introduced for all patients.




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