There are private and public healthcare services and facilities in Stavanger. The public healthcare system in Norway provides all residents access to comprehensive medical care – including primary, specialist and hospital care – either free or heavily subsidised by the government. This system is funded by the Norwegian government through the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme (NIS), and expats who have registered with and contribute to the NIS will have access to the country's public healthcare.
Most medical expenses are covered by the NIS, but certain expenses, like prescription drugs or certain dental procedures, are paid out of pocket. The government provides a tax credit in the form of an electronic card called the Frikort (free card) after a certain annual limit – determined by income and other tax criteria – has been reached. Once the Frikort limit has been reached, the holder will no longer have to make co-payments on certain medical expenses.
Some people opt to use private medical healthcare to skip waiting lists or see specific specialists. Although private Norwegian health services are competitively priced compared to the UK and the US, expats who want private healthcare in Stavanger should consider health insurance to keep the costs more reasonable.
The main hospital in Stavanger is the Stavanger University Hospital, offering a wide range of services, including emergency care, surgery, specialised care, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and mental health. There are also a number of clinics and medical centres.
Hospitals and clinics in Stavanger
Stavanger University Hospital
Address: Gerd-Ragna Bloch Thorsens Gate 8, 4011 Stavanger
Aleris Stavanger (Clinic)
Address: Lagårdsveien 80, 4010 Stavanger
Stavanger Medical Centre (Clinic)
Address: Sverdrups Gate 23, 4007 Stavanger
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