Departments

The Ministry of Health and Care Services has nine departments:

  • The Department of Public Health
  • The Department of Specialist Health Care Services 
  • The Department of Hospital Ownership 
  • The Department of eHealth
  • The Department of Health Legislation 
  • The Department of Municipal Health Care Services
  • The Department of Budgetary and Finacial Affairs 
  • The Department of Administration
  • The Communications Division
  • The Departement of Administration

    The main responsibility of the Department of Administration is to handle horizontal issues, and to make sure that the Ministry is run in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.

    Department director: Director General Ole T. Andersen

  • The Department of Budgetary and Financial Affairs

    The Department of Budgetary and Financial Affairs coordinates the Ministry of Health and Care Services`work related to the central government budget and is responsible for analyses and reports in connection with various funding and grant schemes.

    Department director: Director General Hans Knut Hauge

  • The Department of Hospital Ownership

    The Ministry of Health and Care Services has ownership of the four regional health authorities, which provides the channel for exercising government hospital ownership of the specialist health care services. The principal task of the Department of Hospital Ownership is governance of the regional health authorities and the Norwegian Health Network.

    Department director: Director General Målfrid Bjærum

  • The Department of eHealth

    The Department of eHealth has the overall responsiblity for digitalization of the healthcare sector. The Department of eHealth has a broad area of responsibility, ranging from establishing and providing good digital services to health professionals and the public, to following up the long term strategy "one patient- one record".

  • The Department of Public Health

    The main tasks of the Department of Public Health are related to health promotion and preventive medicine, health surveillance and health registers, nutrition and food safety and alcohol and drug addicition issues.

    Department director: Director General Geir Stene-Larsen

  • The Department of Health Legislation

    The Department of Health Legislation is responsible for the majority of laws and regulations within the domain of the Ministry of Helath and Care Services.

    Department director: Director General Kari Sønderland

  • The Department of Municipal Health Care Services

    This department is responsible for the development of municipal policy measures for municipal health care services, nursing and care services, social care services and mental health care services within the municipalities.

    Department director: Director General Petter Øgar

  • The Department of Specialist Health Care Services

    The Department is responsible for financing specialist health care services and for the annual allocations over the central government budget to the regional health authorities.

  • The Communications Division

    The Press and Communications Division deals with press enquiries to the Ministry’s political leadership and the Ministry. The Division also helps to locate the correct department or case officer for background material and information.

    Department director: Head of Communication

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