SSB: Sharp rise in health spending in Norway registered in 2021

Haukeland hospitalPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB

Preliminary figures show that Norway’s total current health expenditure amounted to NOK 418 billion in 2021. This is a sharp increase from the year before.

In total, health expenditure rose by 7.3% at current prices, the highest growth since 2015, Statistics Norway (SSB) wrote on Tuesday.

Health expenditure amounted to approximately NOK 77,200 per inhabitant in 2021, NOK 4,900 more than in 2020. The average growth over the last ten years has been NOK 2,500.

Statistics Norway cites the corona pandemic as one of the reasons for the increase. The central government’s expenditure on vaccines amounted to NOK 2.8 billion in 2021. 

The municipalities also had large expenditures related to TISK (testing, isolation, infection detection, quarantine). As a result of the pandemic, the operation of ordinary health services also became more costly, according to the SSB.

Household health expenditure also grew significantly in 2021, according to Statistics Norway. 

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