Health expenditure approximated 300 billion last year

Health expenditure approximated 300 billion last year nursesOslo.Nurse at work at Oslo University Hospital, Radiumhospitalet. Photo: Tore Meek / NTB scanpix

Last year, 311 billion NOK was spent on health care in Norway. Half of the money spent on health care goes to medical treatment and rehabilitation.
The preliminary figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show that we spent around 60,000 kroner per capita on health care last year. Of these, 85 percent, in excess of 51,000 kroner, is paid by the state.
Hospital, doctor visits, dental visits and physiotherapy constitute 50 percent of total health expenditure, including hospital services, constitute well over half of these again.
Health expenditure has increased by 2.1 percent from 2014 to 2015, but according to Statistics Norway it was mainly due to the population growth, and not because we needed more medical care in 2015 than in 2014.
The figures also show that health spending now amounts to 9.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), it is a scant 1 percent more than the average for OECD countries.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today