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The Norwegian National Council for Priority Setting in Health Care: decisions and justifications 1

  • Gry Wester (a1) and Berit Bringedal (a2) (a3)
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Different countries have adopted different strategies for tackling the challenge of allocating scarce health care resources fairly. Norway is one of the countries that has pioneered the effort to resolve priority setting by using a core set of priority-setting criteria. While the criteria themselves have been subject to extensive debate and numerous revisions, the question of how the criteria have been applied in practice has received less attention. In this paper, we examine how the criteria feature in the decisions and justifications of the Norwegian National Council for Priority Setting in Health Care, which has played an active role in deliberating about health care provision and coverage in Norway. We conducted a comprehensive document analysis, looking at the Council’s decisions about health care allocation as well as the reasons they had provided to justify their decisions. We found that although the Council often made use of the official priority-setting criteria, they did so in an unsystematic and inconsistent manner.

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*Correspondence to: Gry Wester, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Kalfarveien 31, 5018 Bergen, Norway. Email: gry.wester@uib.no
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Author 1 has no prior or current engagement with the Council. Author 2 was previously in the Secretariat of the first Priority Council, from 2002 to 2006.

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