In the state budget proposal for 2021, the government proposes a one-off NOK 3.7 billion allocation to hospitals in Norway. Furthermore, it also plans to put aside close to NOK 2.5 billion to increase hospital activity.
According to newspaper Aftenposten, the Norwegian government is proposing better and more long-term planning of the outpatient clinics, including an earmarked pot of NOK 200 million for longer planning and increased working hours to remove queues in healthcare.
Solberg: We must reduce waiting times
“After this spring, waiting lists have increased again.
“The hospitals have had to put personnel on standby to work with COVID-19.
“In 2021, we must work to reduce the waiting time,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) and Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) told the newspaper.
The government is also proposing the introduction of requirements for a significant increase in the use of video and telephone consultations on a permanent basis, among other measures.
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