The hospitals provide the public with specialised treatment. In addition, the hospitals have tasks involving research and training, as well as educating patients and their loved ones. The Ministry of Health and Care Services has supervisory responsibility for all hospitals in Norway, and the state owns the public hospitals. Organised into four regional health authorities, the hospitals operate with a combined budget of over NOK 75 billion.
The hospitals are to contribute in:
• Promoting public health and counteracting illness, injury, suffering and disability
• Providing equal services adapted to patients’ needs
• Ensuring quality in health care services
• Securing patients’ access to services
• Ensuring the best possible use of resources