The Department of Specialist Health Care Services
The major assignment of this department is to develop and expand specialist health care services. The department has a particular focus on quality and accessibility as well as the consequences of the demographical and medical developement in society.
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. Providing satisfactory information about the specialist health care services and implementing legislation are among this department`s tasks. The department has the main responsibility for sepcialist health care services for people with psyshiatric problems.This includes responsibility for user participation, skills enhancement and judical issues related to the Mental Helath Care Act. Implementation of the escalation plan for mental health care services (1999 - 2008) is an important task.
The department also holds the overall responsibility for interdisciplinary and specialist care services for drug addicts (under the reform implemented in 2004). These services include rehabilitation based on treatment using substitution medication.
The department is responsibe for general habilitation and rehabilitation within the sepcialist health care services. This includes services for children suffering from chronic diseases and funchtional disorders. Specialist treatment of victims of violence and trauma is also within the scope of the department. Furthermore, the department is responsible for the approval of public as well as private hospitals and for the distribution of tasks among the regional health authorities.