The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services (Helse- og omsorgsdepartementet) is a Norwegian government ministry in charge of health policy, public health, health care services and health legislation in Norway.
More specifically the Ministry of Health and Care Services has the superior responsibility for providing the population with adequate health care services, including health promotion, based upon the principle of equality and health care services independent of habitation and financial circumstances.
The Minister of Health and Care Services is the head of the Ministry, and its political leader. The position is currently being held by Bent Høie. The Norwegian Board of Health is a national government institution under the Ministry of Health and Care Services.
The ministry owns the four regional health authorities in Norway:
It also is supreme of the following government agencies:
Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg (born 14 April 1936) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party, and a professor of medicine. She was the state secretary to the Minister of Social Affairs 1981-1985, and Minister of Administration and Consumer Affairs in 1986.Heiberg was vice-chairwoman of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1991 and member of the Norwegian Parliament from 1985 to 1989. She was President of the Norwegian Red Cross from 1993 to 1999 and President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from 1997 to 2001.Heiberg restarted her national political career in 2013. She was elected as deputy representative to the Parliament of Norway for the terms 2013–2017 and 2017–2021. She was also appointed as State Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Care Services, resigning in 2016.Elisabeth Aspaker
Elisabeth Aspaker (born 16 October 1962) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party and she is the current county governor of Troms and Finnmark county. She was also the Minister of European Affairs from 2015-2016 and Minister for Nordic Cooperation since 2013. From 2013 to 2015, she also served as Minister of Fisheries.She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Troms in 2005. She previously served as a deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament during the terms 1989–1993 and 1997–2001.
From 1986 to 1990 she was the deputy leader of the Norwegian Young Conservatives. During the cabinet Syse, she was private secretary (today known as political advisor) in the Ministry of Justice and the Police. During the second cabinet Bondevik, she was appointed political advisor in the Ministry of Education and Research before being promoted to State Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Care Services in 2004.
On the local level she was a member of Harstad municipal council from 1991 to 1995, and of its executive committee from 1999 to 2001. From 1991 to 1999 she was a member of Troms county council, serving as deputy county mayor beginning in 1995.
Before entering politics, she worked as a teacher. Aspaker was educated at Tromsø lærerhøgskole and Harstad University College, both of which today is a part of the University of Tromsø.Joakim Lystad
Joakim Theodor Haagaas Lystad (born 17 April 1953) is a Norwegian civil servant. He served as the first Director-General of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority from 2003 to 2010, building the organization. From 2010 to 2015, he was the Labour and Welfare Director of Norway, i.e. the head of the Labour and Welfare Service and the Labour and Welfare Administration and responsible for a third of the state budget of Norway. He is now a special adviser in the Ministry of Health and Care Services.Kari Henriksen
Kari Henriksen (born 10 August 1955) is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.
She was born in Vennesla. She served as a deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Vest-Agder during the term 2005–2009 and elected representative for the term 2009–2013 and reelected for 2013 - 2017. In 2007, during the second cabinet Stoltenberg, Henriksen was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Care Services.Ketil Lindseth
Kari Henriksen (born 1977) is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.
He started his political career in the Workers' Youth League in Nord-Trøndelag, and chaired the local chapter there from 1997 to 1999. He studied sociology from 1997 to 1998 at the Nord-Trøndelag University College, and media studies from 1999 to 2000 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. From 1999 to 2004 he was a member of Nord-Trøndelag county council.From 2000 to 2002 he worked as a secretary for the Labour Party parliamentary group. From 2002 to 2007 he worked as a communications advisor. In 2007 he was hired as a political advisor in the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion as a part of the second cabinet Stoltenberg. He changed ministry to the Ministry of Health and Care Services in 2008, and was promoted to State Secretary in 2009.Line Henriette Holten Hjemdal
Line Henriette Holten Hjemdal (born 18 October 1971 in Sarpsborg) is a Norwegian politician for the Christian Democratic Party and former 5th Vice President of the Storting.
Holten Hjemdal was the vice leader of the Youth of the Christian People's Party in 1991–1993, and general secretary of the organization in 1997–2000. During the second cabinet Bondevik, Holten Hjemdal worked as a political advisor in the Ministry of Health and Care Services (2001–2004) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (2004–2005)
Holten Hjemdal was a member of Askim city council during the term 2003–2007, and a deputy member of Østfold county council in 1991–1995.
She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Østfold in 2005. Her father Odd Holten had held the seat from 1989 to 2005.Minister of Health and Care Services
The Minister of Health and Care Services (Norwegian: Helse- og omsorgsministeren) is a councilor of state and chief of the Norway's
Ministry of Health and Care Services. Since 16 October 2013 the position has been held by Bent Høie of the Conservative Party. The ministry is responsible for healthcare and care services, with the state's healthcare activities being carried out by four regional health authorities. Major institutions subordinate to the ministry include the Directorate for Health, the Board of Health Supervision, the Institute of Public Health, the Medicines Agency, the Radiation Protection Authority, the Labour and Welfare Service and the Food Safety Authority.
The position was created in 1992 and originally held the healthcare portfolio of the Ministry of Social Affairs. The remainder of the ministry's portfolio was taken care of by the Minister of Social Affairs. From 2002 the position has been chief of its own ministry. The position has been held by eleven people from three parties. Dagfinn Høybråten has held the position the longest, for three and a half years, and is also the only person to have held the position twice. No-one has held the seat for less than a year, with Ansgar Gabrielsen having the shortest tenure.Nina Tangnæs Grønvold
Nina Tangnæs Grønvold (born 14 December 1969) is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.
She was a State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Research and Church Affairs in Stoltenberg's First Cabinet, from 1 June 2001 until later that autumn when the cabinet fell. In September 2012 she was appointed to Stoltenberg's Second Cabinet as a State Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Care Services.Nordic Institute of Dental Materials
The Nordic Institute of Dental Materials AS (NIOM AS) is the Nordic Cooperative Body for dental biomaterials. The Institute’s activities in research, materials testing, standardisation and research-based consulting are directed towards dental health services and health authorities in the Nordic countries. The Institute is owned jointly by UniRand (a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Oslo) and the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services. Activities are financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic ministries for health services. Materials testing and consulting services also generate income.
As a joint Nordic resource center, NIOM collaborates with dental schools and research institutions and provides services to government health authorities, dental professionals, and the public in the Nordic countries in the field of dental biomaterials.Norwegian Board of Health Supervision
The Norwegian Board of Health Supervision (Norwegian: Statens helsetilsyn, short name Helsetilsynet) is a national government institution under the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services.
The Norwegian Board of Health Supervision is an independent supervision authority, with responsibility for general supervision of child protection, health and social services in the country. The Norwegian Board of Health Supervision directs the supervision authorities at the county level: the Offices of the County Governors.Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs
The Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs (Norwegian: Sosial- og helsedirektoratet) is a specialised directorate for health and social affairs. The Directorate is an integral part of the central administration of health and social affairs in Norway, and is organised under the joint auspices of the Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
The directorate changed its name from Norwegian Directorate of Health and Social Affairs to Norwegian Directorate of Health (Norwegian: Helsedirektoratet) by April 1, 2008.Norwegian Institute of Public Health
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) (Norwegian: Folkehelseinstituttet; FHI) is a Norwegian government agency and research institute, and is Norway's national public health institute. It is subordinate to the Ministry of Health and Care Services. NIPH acts as a national competence institution in public health in a broad sense for governmental authorities, the health service, the judiciary, prosecuting authorities, politicians, the media and the general public, international organisations and foreign governments. The institute has around 1400 employees.
The institute's main activities are health surveillance, research and prevention. The institute consists of research divisions for infection control and environmental health, mental and physical health, health data and digitalisation, and the Knowledge Centre for Public Health. From 2019 the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies also becomes part of NIPH. The institute has an extensive cooperation with the World Health Organization. Camilla Stoltenberg has served as Director-General of the institute since 2012.Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority
Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (Norwegian: Statens strålevern, abbreviated to NRPA) is a Norwegian public agency under the Ministry of Health and Care Services headquartered in Østerås, Bærum municipality, Greater Oslo Region. It works as an authority in the area of radiation protection and nuclear safety. NRPA fall under the Ministry of Health and Care Services, but serves all ministries and departments on issues relating to radiation.Orphan-Nor
Orphan-Nor is a Norwegian pharmaceutical company specializing in the production and marketing of orphan drugs. These medicines are used to treat rare diseases.
Founded in Trondheim in 2007 the company has been chartered by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services to improve global access to orphan medicines. Funding has come from the Norwegian national oil fund.Regional health authority (Norway)
A regional health authority (Norwegian: Regionalt helseforetak or RHF) is a state enterprise responsible for specialist healthcare in one of four regions of Norway. Responsibilities of the RHFs include patient treatment, education of medical staff, research and training of patients and relatives. Areas covered by the authorities are hospitals, psychiatry, ambulance service, operation of pharmacies at the hospitals, emergency telephone number and laboratories. The actual performance is done by subsidiary health trusts (HF) that usually consist of one or more hospitals, with associate responsibilities. The authorities are subordinate to the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services.Rigmor Aasrud
Rigmor Aasrud (born 26 June 1960) is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.
She served in the position of deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Oppland during the terms 1993–1997, 1997–2001 and 2001–2005. When the second cabinet Stoltenberg assumed office following the 2005 elections, Aasrud was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Care Services. On 20 October 2009, Aasrud was appointed Minister of Government Administration and Church Affairs.
From 1995 to 2005 Aasrud was mayor of Gran municipality. She had previously been a member of the municipality council from 1983 to 1991.Solveig Torsvik
Solveig Torsvik (born 30 December 1954 in Stange) is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.
She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Akershus in 1993, but was not re-elected in 1997. She had previously served in the position of deputy representative during the term 1981–1985, 1985–1989 and 1989–1993. From 1986 to 1989 she met as a regular representative meanwhile Helen Marie Bøsterud was appointed to the Cabinet, and the same thing happened from 1992 to 1993 meanwhile Reiulf Steen was absent.
When Gro Harlem Brundtland formed her third cabinet in 1990, Torsvik was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Ministry of Local Government, a position she held to 1992. In October 2006 she was appointed as a political advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services.
On the local level, Torsvik was a member of Lørenskog municipality council from 1975 to 1983. She chaired the countywide party chapter from 1990 to 1993, and was the national party secretary from 1996 to 2002.
She has mostly worked as a politician, and does not have higher education.Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority
Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Norwegian: Helse Sør-Øst RHF) is the largest of the four Regional health authorities in Norway. It covers the counties of Akershus, Aust-Agder, Buskerud, Hedmark, Oppland, Oslo, Telemark, Vest-Agder, Vestfold and Østfold. The authority owns fifteen health trusts that operate the hospitals as well as Southern and Eastern Norway Pharmaceutical Trust that operates nineteen pharmacies.
The authority is subordinate to the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services and was created on 1 June 2007 when Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority and Southern Norway Regional Health Authority merged.Standing Committee on Health and Care Services
The Standing Committee on Health and Care Services (Norwegian: Helse- og omsorgskomiteen) is a standing committee of the Parliament of Norway. It is responsible for policies relating to health services, care and attendance services, public health, drug and alcohol policy, and pharmaceuticals. It corresponds to the Ministry of Health and Care Services. The committee has 15 members and is chaired by Kari Kjønaas Kjos of the Progress Party.
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