Healthcare in Norway

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In Norway, all public hospitals are funded from the national budget[1] (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.[2][3] All citizens are eligible for treatment free of charge in the public hospital system. According to the Patients' Rights Act,[4] all citizens have the right to Free Hospital Choices.[5]

The Norwegian Health Care System was ranked number 11 in overall performance by the World Health Organization[6] in a 2000 report ranking the health care systems of each of the 190 United Nations member nations.