Still growth in activity after hospital reform
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Patient statistics2002, preliminary figures



Still growth in activity after hospital reform

The trend of growth in hospital stays at general hospitals continues the first year after the governmental takeover of the county hospitals. During 2002, day cases increased by 26 000 to nearly 170 000, while the overnight inpatient stays rose by 2.3 per cent.

The number of discharges from general hospitals increased from day cases and inpatient stays. There were more than 741 000 inpatient stays during 2002, 2.3 per cent up from the previous year. During 2001, the growth was 4.3 per cent, but this was unusually high. Day treatments in outpatient departments amounted to 189 000 in 2002, and together with the day cases from admitted patients increased by 10.6 per cent. (Approx. the same as in 2001).

Inpatients spent about 4.2 million days in hospitals during 2002. Bed-days per discharge have been decreasing for a number of years, and now equals 5.7 days.

Inpatient stays. Alcohol related diagnoses

Hospital reform

From January 1. 2002, the government took over the responsibility for the specialist health services, and organizes the activities under 5 regional health enterprises. Before that, the majority of hospitals were run by the counties health administrations. The government now also finances all or some of the services of private hospitals (foundations and commercial ones).


Of the inpatient stays, cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of stays, amounting to almost 15 per cent of the total. Cancer is the second most usual main diagnosis -11 per cent.

During 2002, 332 000 men and 406 000 women were discharged from general hospitals. A higher degree of hospitalization of women is mainly due to births and the fact that women live longer than men. 67 000 discharges were caused by pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. Men are hospitalized more often than women because of cardiovascular diseases, and this accounted for 62 000 hospitalizations in 2002.

Outpatient consultations

In 2002 there were a bit more than 3 millions outpatient consultations in publicly financed hospitals. Statistics Norway collected the statistics until 2002, but the statistics are now based on numbers from the Norwegian Patient Register.