The right to choose a hospital extends to all planned examinations, assessments and treatments in the area of physical health (somatic treatments), mental health, and cross-discipline specialist treatment for substance abuse.
It does not cover acute admissions/emergency care.
When referring a patient to the specialist health service for assessment/treatment, the referral should be sent to the patient's local hospital.
If the patient requests it, the referral may be sent to a different public or private hospital or to a regional psychiatric clinic (DPS) with which the local health trust has an agreement.
The cost of travelling to treatments is met by the patient's regional health authority. The patient only has to pay an excess (NOK 135 each way) if he/she chooses a specialist/hospital or x-ray clinic within the regional health authority.
In order for travel expenses to be reimbursed, the regional health authority must have entered into agreements with private service providers.
If the patient chooses to travel out of the region to receive treatment, the patient must pay a higher excess for the travel (NOK 400 each way).
The Regulations on Entitlement to Refund of Patient Travel Expenses for Examinations or Treatments.
Want to find out more?
Please contact Free Hospital Choice Norway on freephone 800 41 004
Contact the Helse Vest patient helpline on 800 41 005