Furore in Norway over private practice clampdown

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:901

Norwegian doctors are bitterly opposed to a government proposal to stop public sector reimbursement for consultations and treatment carried out in private practice.

In a discussion document published last Friday the secretary of state for health Gudmund Hernes proposed that doctors primarily employed in the national health service should lose their right to reimbursement for such treatment.

The group that will be hardest hit are hospital specialists who work partly within the state sector and partly in private practice. Most of the doctor's …

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