Patients in Western Norway may receive care both in public hospitals and in private hospitals, institutions and specialist practices with which Helse Vest has agreements. You must be referred by your doctor in order to be seen by the specialist health service.
Health services include somatic treatment (physical illness), mental healthcare (mental illness), addiction treatment, and rehabilitation and habilitation.
Waiting times can vary between hospitals and institutions, both in the Helse Vest region and across Norway as a whole. You have the right to choose which hospital you want to be treated in.
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In addition, Helse Vest has contracts with private hospitals and institutions and a number of specialists with private practices.