Norway is an unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy. The official languages are Norwegian and a variation; New-Norwegian.
The Norwegian government is providing good and equal health and care services for the population of Norway. All citizens are covered by an insurance program paid by the government.
Pricing of pharmaceuticals are regulated, and reimbursement system is different for GP, - and hospital products.
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The healthcare in Norway is rated as number three by EuroHealth Consumer Index 2018.
Norway is one of the top spenders on health care among OECD countries in per capita terms but much closer to the average when seen as a share of GDP.
According to OECD Health Statistics 2019, the healthcare spending related to GDP in Norway was 10,2% (2018).
Norway has price reference system, which secure a low-price level of pharmaceuticals.
In 2017 the total spending for pharmaceuticals was $ 2,1 billion, of this 8% for OTC-products.
In 2016 the spending for hospital medicines was $ 0,43 billion.
The National System for Managed Introduction of New Health Technologies within the Specialist Health Service in Norway was launched in 2013. This system aims to provide an appropriate decision-making platform for priority setting based on HTAs. This system makes the decisions independently of the Drug Agency in Norway.
The population is growing, getting older and need more healthcare.
The new and expensive medicines cause a significantly rise in the cost of pharmaceuticals the last years.
At hospitals, one-to one meetings are no longer an option. Pre-booked group-meetings is the standard.
Henrik Alfredsson & Clas Lindbergson
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