External comments: This is a discussion paper. Analysis and position are the author’s own.
We want to take up the debate about the place of individuals in the Norwegian health service, but it must be based on facts. Aydar’s main claim is that private actors emerge, because Norwegian municipalities used private health actors for coronal testing during epidemics. Aleris was one of the first to establish the testing capability required by residents. What alternative does Aydar think? Shouldn’t municipalities meet the testing capacity requirement? If people get infected they have to live in ignorance – will others get infected in the meantime?
Aydar also thinks so Private individuals steal expertise from the public sector. It is true that some work privately, but we have less than 300 doctors working at Aleris, Norway’s largest private healthcare trust. This is less than 1 percent of the 40,000 members of the Norwegian Medical Association. Dramatically? Rarely. Total misrepresentation? Yes.
The red representative also did not easily notice that it could go the opposite way; Healthcare professionals are leaving the private sector in favor of public hospitals. I believe that mobility between the public and private sectors is good: it ensures cross-disciplinary learning and the opportunity to work in different ways at different stages of life. Private and public hospitals have different functions and thus become different arenas of learning. Best safe experience from both locations? Fields with similar opportunities are more attractive. The presence of private and public employers could contribute to more people choosing healthcare careers – and staying in healthcare – in the coming years.
It should be A goal is to make the best use of the resources available in society and get the most health out of every penny. Competitive bidding – based on price and quality – ensures certain services at the cheapest prices that public hospitals can handle on their own. Why not consider the division of roles to a greater degree where it makes sense? Norwegian health services have a long tradition of working with private companies. Public purchasers are not naive: they buy services when it pays for them – and for patients. To Eyder’s criticism that Aleris is establishing a new hospital in Bodo: Helles Nord welcomes Aleris’ investment. It is easy to sit in a Storting in Oslo to endure a series of treatments that do not affect oneself.
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