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Increased growth in psychiatric expenses
Expenditures on psychiatric institutions amounted to NOK 11 billion in 2003, an increase from previous years. For the first time in several years, the expenditure growth is higher for psychiatric institutions than for general hospitals. Total expenditures on the specialist health service came to NOK 61 billion in 2003.
Total expenditures include general hospitals, psychiatric institutions, ambulances, the care and treatment of substance abusers, administration and personnel and recruitment costs, but are exclusive of depreciation. With the Norwegian Hospital Reform, introduced on 1 January 2002, the responsibility for public hospitals was transferred to central government. As a consequence, comparisons with previous years will not be accurate.
More money to psychiatry
Final figures show that the gross current expenditure (excl. depreciation) on psychiatric institutions came to more than NOK 11 billion. Estimated figures reveal an 11 per cent increase from 2002 to 2003. This compares with an increase of 9 per cent from 2001 to 2002. One possible explanation of the rise in costs is the government's plan to improve the psychiatry services in the period 1999 to 2006
Expenditures on general hospitals amounted to NOK 47 billion in 2003, representing an increase of 8 percent. This compares with an increase of 13 per cent from 2001 to 2002. Costs of wages and salaries increased by 8 per cent from 2001 to 2002, and accounted for about 70 per cent of total expenditures. Increased costs of wages and salaries are partly attributable to increased man-years.
Treatment of substance abusers
As of 1 January 2004, the responsibility for institutions for substance abusers was transferred to central government, and earmarked funds of NOK 1.4 billion were transferred to regional health enterprises. Expenditure on such institutions has not previously been reported, and the expenditure figures for 2004 are therefore expected to rise.
Gross current expenses (excl. depreciation) distributed on type of activity. 1998-2003.
|Total||61 110||56 503||47 992||42 160||39 197||36 480|
|General hospital||47 100||43 796||38 813||33 954||31 406||29 117|
|Psychiatric institutions for adults||9 286||8 310||7 895||7 075||6 778||6 383|
|Psychiatric institutions for children and adolescents||1 856||1 579||1 240||1 059||973||901|
|Ambulances||1 990||1 716||..||..||..||..|
|Administration in the regional enterprises||581||410||..||..||..||..|
|Health care and treatment of substance abusers||122||121||..||..||..||..|
|Personnel and expenses related to recruitment||528||566||..||..||..||..|
1Figures for 2003 are corrected 1 January 2003.
See also: Specialist health service. 2003
- Table 1 Expenditures distributed on category of expenses and aggregated functions. 1998-2002. NOK million (Corrected 03.09.2004)
- Table 2 Gross current expenses (excl. depreciation) distributed on functions and regions. 1998-2002. NOK million (Corrected 03.09.2004)
- Table 3 Gross current expenses (excl. depreciation) in general hospitals and psyciatric institutions distributed on regions. 1998-2002. NOK per inhabitant (Corrected 03.09.2004)
- Table 4 Gross revenue distributed, by type of revenue. 2002-2003. NOK million
- Table 5 Revenue in outpatient care. 1990-2003. NOK million
- Table 6 Investment distributed on type of investment. 2002-2003. NOK million
- Table 7 Investment distributed on regions. 2002-2003. NOK million