The City Council in Oslo believes the state should take greater responsibility of health care for people who do not have legal residence in Norway.
This year, the City Council increases support for the Paperless Migration Health Center from NOK 500,000 to 1.6 million, but wants the state to take more responsibility.
– “We are concerned that vulnerable people in a difficult situation who are currently not entitled to an offer fall outside. We therefore ask the state to review the regulations and include more people with great health care needs to prevent loss of life and major health problems,” Robert Steen (Ap), who is the city council for health, elderly and resident services, told Dagsavisen.
How many paperless people are there in Oslo? There are no exact numbers, but the Health Center, run by the City Church Mission, has had over 4,800 patients since its inception ten years ago.
“Last year we had about 800 patients,” says business manager Linnea Näsholm at the Health Center for paperless migrants to Dagsavisen.
Persons without legal residence today are entitled to immediate health care and health care that is absolutely necessary and cannot wait.
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