Sharp rise in health spending in 2021 – News, Politics and Economics

Published: 2022-06-21 – 08.12

In total, health spending was up 7.3 percent at current prices, the highest growth since 2015, Statistics Norway wrote on Tuesday.

Health spending will amount to around NOK 77,200 per inhabitant in 2021, NOK 4,900 more than in 2020. The average growth over the last ten years is NOK 2,500.

Statistics Norway cites the coronavirus pandemic as one of the reasons. Central government spending on vaccines will be NOK 2.8 billion in 2021. City governments also have large TISK-related spending (testing, isolation, infection detection, quarantine). As a result of the pandemic, the operation of ordinary health services has also become more expensive, according to Statistics Norway.

Household health spending will also grow significantly in 2021, according to Statistics Norway. These costs are mainly borne by dental services, medicines and nursing home services.

(© NTB)

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