20 May 2015

Privatizing the health care sector

Privatizing the health care sector
Nordic health systems remain mostly public in terms of financing and delivery of hospital service. However, recent decades have seen a significant growth in voluntary private health insurance in the region, and introduction of several private hospitals and clinics. This project aims to compare the developments in three Nordic countries (Norway, Denmark and Finland).

Key questions include: How is private insurance introduced in the three countries? How is it regulated and funded? Which services do they cover? And what are the consequences for the continued support for the public health systems?

In regards to private hospitals we aim to describe their activity and relationship with the public system as well as the private insurance schemes. Key questions include:

  • What is the size of the private sector in the three countries?
  • Which types of services do they provide?
  • How do they interact with the public health care system and how are they regulated?

The project is financed by The Norwegian Research Council and is conducted in collaboration with Oslo University and Tampere University.

Contact: Karsten Vrangbæk