Norway's hospitals to get extra cash:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Norway's hospitals are to get extra funding of NKr2.3 billion ($303 million) from the government over the next five years to purchase new medical equipment. The total budget for equipment purchasing up to 2002 will amount to NKr5.3 billion. Each region will be required to draw up a five-year procurement plan for its hospitals and submit it for approval to the Department of Health and Social Affairs. "The shortage of equipment in Norwegian hospitals is the result of under-investment over a long period of time," said Health Minister Dagfinn Hoybraten.