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Where does all the health money go?

Doctor Tore Næs is critical of the health priorities of health politicians and asks where all the money allocated really goes.


Health care budgets are increasing every year and have been doing so for a long time. In fact, the state's health expenditure per capita per year, which for 2018 is at 64 821, is almost doubled since 2002, when the sum was 32 985. What is this cause? Have we as a population become so much sicker that a doubling of resources in the health care system is required? As a rule, the opposite is argued that the population has never been healthier. It is often pointed out that people are living longer and that this results in a greater proportion of the elderly and the sick who need a lot of medical treatment. But can this explain a doubling in spending of 16 years? Paradoxically, despite these massive increases in budgets, we also receive constant feedback from health workers at all levels about increased work pressure and demands for efficiency. What is really going on?

Dangerously evolved

Without having any statistics that can substantiate my assumptions, I sit as a health worker with a feeling that we spend too much time and resources on patients who are strictly speaking. . .

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Næss is a doctor and philosopher. Regular commentator in Ny Tid.

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