Norway’s new ‘free choice’ healthcare reform

sience_001Norway’s new healthcare reform is all about FREE choice treatment. Unveiling the reforms, the country’s health minister, Bent Høie, said the aim is to help reduce waiting time for patients and increase treatment options. “Many people are on sick leave for longer than what is necessary. This is painful for the patients and expensive for society,” he was quoted as saying by Norwegian media.The new rules will come into effect later this year. They will first be implemented by mental health professionals and at drug rehabilitation centres.

“FREE choice of treatment will reduce wait times and stimulate public hospitals to become better and more effective,” said Høie, explaining how the government will buy more services from private health institutions, and public hospitals will gain more freedom.

(N.Sethu)