Health Care in Norway

The Norwegian Health Care System

Who is covered?

Coverage is universal. The nationally managed and financed health system is built on the principle that all legal residents have equal access regardless of socioeconomic status, country of origin, and area of residence. European Union residents have, through common agreements within the EU, the same access to health services as legal residents. For undocumented immigrants, the access is limited to emergency acute care. Private health insurance is growing, but covers only about 5 percent of health care services—mainly elective services.

For more information, read a Commonwealth Fund profile of the Norwegian health care system.