Norway’s Minister of Health, Ingvild Kjerkol, wants to allocate an extra NOK 100 million to the country’s GP scheme. With that, a total of NOK 450 million would be added to the scheme.
“We must save the GP scheme. It is urgent,” Ingvild Kjerkol said before the change of government. Now she is presenting a budget proposal which she believes is the right way to fulfill the promise.
As the Labor Party’s (AP) health policy spokesperson, Ingvild Kjerkol criticized the Solberg government for not doing enough to ensure that there were enough GPs in Norway.
“We want to strengthen the GP scheme so that recruitment and stable medical coverage is ensured throughout the country,” Kjerkol told the newspaper Aftenposten.
The extra 100 million would be allocated to the national ALIS scheme and emergency services. NOK 50 million would go to subsidies for emergency services in the municipalities that have recruitment issues.
Nils Kristian Klev and Marte Kvittum Tangen represent the approximately 5,000 general practitioners in the country. And they are disappointed with the Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol’s allocation.
“Before the election, the Labor Party clearly stated that it wanted to increase the basic funding in the GP scheme. That is by far the most important measure to ensure stability and recruitment, and it is urgent,” they noted in a comment.
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