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Norwegian hospitals to get 1.5 billion kroner to cover corona losses

Bent HøiePhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB

The Norwegian government proposes to compensate the hospitals with NOK 1.5 billion in the revised national budget.

“We will take Norway safely out of the corona crisis and ensure good infection control and good treatment in the health service,” Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) said on Friday.

The third wave of corona infection has led to more hospital admissions of COVID-19 patients, higher levels of preparedness, and lower planned activity.

The hospitals’ lower planned activity resulted in lower revenues, the Ministry of Health wrote in a press release. The government wants to cover this loss of revenue.

“We do this to reduce waiting times, give the hospitals room for increased activity, in addition to covering special costs related to the pandemic,” Høie said.

The Ministry pointed out that the wave of infection has particularly led to lower activity in the Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority. The health region will, therefore, receive the highest relative compensation.

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