Norwegian funding boost
This article was originally published in Clinica
Norway is to increase its healthcare funding by NKr3.5 billion ($398 million), bringing the entire health and social service budget to NKr231.7 billion for 2002. This includes an extra NKr1.5 billion for hospital management, which will be used to cut waiting lists when the government takes over control of the hospital and special health services next year. "The fact that we are improving the financial status of the hospitals means that next year we will be able to carry out more procedures," said health minister Tore Tonne.