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In Norway, all public hospitals are funded from the national budget (i. e. single-payer health-care system) and run by four Regional Health Authorities (RHA) owned by the Ministry of Health and Care Services. In addition to the public hospitals, a few privately owned health clinics are operating.
The four Regional Health Authorities are: Northern Norway Regional Health Authority, Central Norway Regional Health Authority, Western Norway Regional Health Authority, and South-eastern Norway Regional Health Authority. All citizens are eligible for treatment free of charge in the public hospital system. According to the Patients' Rights Act, all citizens have the right to Free Hospital Choices.
The Norwegian Health Care System was ranked number 11 in overall performance by the World Health Organization in a 2000 report ranking the health care systems of each of the 190 United Nations member nations.