Ministry of Health and Care Services

Jan Christian Vestre (Lab.)

Minister of Health and Care Services

The Ministry of Health and Care Services (HOD) is responsible for providing good and equal health and care services for the population of Norway. The ministry directs these services by means of a comprehensive legislation, annual budgetary allocations and through various governmental institutions.
Ukrainian man on stretcher looks straight on camera

Norway extends agreement on medical evacuation from Ukraine

News story 02/02/2024

Norway is extending its cooperation with the EU on transporting Ukrainian patients to Norway and other European hospitals for medical treatment. Norway will continue the medical evacuation operation until November 2024.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Jan Christian Vestre and the Minister of Health and Care Services, Ingvild Kjerkol

New initiative in the healthcare industry with more than 40 measures

Press release 12/10/2023

The Minister of Trade and Industry and the Minister of Health and Care Services presented on 23 August a Roadmap for the Health Industry. The 41 measures in the the Roadmap will contribute to profitable business development and sustainable health and care services.

Wheelchair in hospital

National budget 2024:

NOK 2.2 billion more for hospitals, waiting times to be reduced

News story 11/10/2023

The Norwegian government is proposing a NOK 2.2 billion increase in funding for hospitals above and beyond wage and price inflation. The draft budget will facilitate shorter waiting times, strengthened mental health care and collaborative measures in the Northern Norway Regional Health Authority.

Doctor and girl

National Budget 2024:

Creating more training posts to solve the GP crisis

News story 11/10/2023

‘In order to solve the GP crisis, we need more doctors to be trained and specialise in general practice. With 66 new positions for specialised doctors next year, we are providing the highest ever number of posts,’ says Ingvild Kjerkol, Minister of Health and Care Services.


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