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Implementation of the 2013 amended Patients’ Rights Act in Norway: Clinical priority guidelines and access to specialised health care

Kjell Arne Johansson, Elizabeth Nygaard, Berit Herlofsen and Frode Lindemark

Health Policy, 2017, vol. 121, issue 4, 346-353

Abstract: In 2013, the Norwegian Patient Rights’ Act was amended in order to simplify the priority setting process for specialized elective health care and to improve access to care. As a result of the amendment, priority for treatment is now determined by only two criteria: 1) clinical effectiveness; and 2) cost-effectiveness of the intervention. There are 33 clinical priority-setting guidelines organised by medical specialty, which help hospitals evaluate whether individual patients have a right to access care. Following the amendment of the Patient Rights’ Act, these guidelines had to be revised in order to assure coherence with the new legislation.

Keywords: Health priorities; Patient rights; Waitinglists; Health services accessibility; Health policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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