Norway

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Apr 2018

The report “Development Trend 2018” will help to provide a basis for analyzing the environment for eHealth and creating a frame of reference for understanding the eHealth development. Read more

02

Feb 2018

Ninety-two new codes have been implemented, including protein fractions and reproductive medicine tests. Read more

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Jan 2018

Applications for creation of new codes, removal of code or changes to existing codes and code description can be submitted by the Norwegian Directorate of Health. Read more

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Jan 2018

Since January 1, 2018, responsibility for managing the product regulations for medical devices is transferred from the Norwegian Directorate of Health to the Norwegian Medicines Agency. Read more

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Jan 2018

The current guideline replaces the previous version of the document of 2010. The Norwegian Directorate of Health decided to update the guideline because new methods of treatment and rehabilitation of stroke became avaliable in recent years. Read more

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Nov 2017

Patients should not pay anything other than regulated out-of-pocket payments when they visit general practitioner or other healthcare professional, who have contract with public health authorities. Read more

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Oct 2017

In June of 2017, the Ordering Forum RHF commissioned rapid method assessment for the Prosigna test. Only when the Norwegian Institute of Public Health receives documentation from the suppliers they carry out a quick method assessment. On 16th of the October, suppliers were requested to submit data to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) regarding clinical efficacy, safety and economics of Prosigna test. Read more

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Oct 2017

Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a new minimally invasive method for the ablation of tumors. Currently, this method is not used in Norway. The conclusion of mini-HTA stated that IRE should be included as part of the routine clinical practice in the hospital. Read more

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Oct 2017

New procedure codes will be created for stem cell procedures, extracorporeal techniques (including hemodialysis and CO2 removal), surgical interventions, including growth-controlling spinal correction, transposition of peripheral nerve, interventions on veins, and percutaneous image-guided procedures (including code for pressure measurement in coronary arteries and additional code for drug-eluting balloon). Classification will be enabled from January 1, 2018. Read more

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Oct 2017

On 25th of September, the Norwegian Decision Forum of “New Methods” had a meeting to review several medical technologies and IVD tests. Decisions were made in relation to the introduction of 2 new newborn screening tests, prehospital emergency thoracotomy, aortic valve replacement using sutureless stent Perceval, and digital breast tomosynthesis. Read more

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Sep 2017

All significant innovations in Norway should undergo either national or hospital-based health technology assessment within “New Methods” framework. Guiding criteria for prioritization of topics for assessments were recently formulated by the administration of the program. Read more

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Jul 2017

Researchers evaluated care process, access, administrative efficiency, equity and health care outcomes in 11 countries on the basis of published health care statistics for 72 indicators. The best overall performers among European countries were the UK (ranked 1st), the Netherlands (3rd), Norway (4th), Sweden and Switzerland (6th). Germany (8th) and France (10th) were low in the ranking. Read more