The Norwegian Health Care system is a public system where most of the hospitals are run by the Government, either by direct administration or delegated to the counties. The hospitals have a high standard when it comes to medical expertise but non-emergency treatment may incur a wait.
Health clinics in Norway (helsestasjoner) cover well-child check-ups, including growth assessments and vaccinations for children from 6 weeks to 4 years.
Children seven and under receive free medical care at community doctor's surgeries. These doctors have a special agreement with the health care system to provide services at lower fees (generally speaking). When children reach seven the health care goes through the school system. Since children at OIS are not in the state school system it is important to contact the local health clinic. Children over seven and adults pay a consultancy fee per visit.
The system can seem complex and we recommend you contact your local helsestasjon. Every family (mother and children) and or individual (father) should ask for a receipt card (kvitteringskort for egenandeler ) the first time they visit a doctor during the calendar year. You pay for each medical procedure or appointment, which is recorded on the card. When a certain amount is reached (around Kr 1600) you get a free card. This is managed by Folketrygden. For more information on healthcare, contact the Board of Health at www.helsetilsynet.no
There is a private medical alternative in Norway (e.g. Volvat), which is not government funded and for which one pays privately; however if you have medical insurance, you may be covered for services within the private system. Many people go to Volvat in emergencies because they feel the service is faster than at a Legevakt (the public emergency outpatient).
Emergency Medical Service (Legevakten)
Asker and Bærum is open 24 hours per day and is connected to:
Bærum Sykehus - Sogneprest Munthe Kaas Vei 100, 1346 Gjettum, phone: 67 52 20 20
Oslo is open 24 hours per day. Storgaten 40, phone: 22 93 22 93
Public Clinics/Hospitals (Sykehus) in Oslo
Aker Universitetssykehus, Trondheimsveien 235, 0514 Oslo, 22 89 40 00
Diakonhjemmets Sykehus, Borgenveien 3C, 0319 Oslo, 22 45 15 00
Lovisenberg Diakonale Sykehus, Lovisenberggata 17, 0456 Oslo, 23 22 50 00
Rikshospitalet, Songsvannsveien 20, 0027 Oslo, 23 07 00 00
Ullevål Universitetssykehus, Kirkeveien 166, 0407 Oslo, 22 11 80 80
Private Clinics/Hospitals in Oslo
Frederik Stangs Gate 11/13, 0264 Oslo, 22 54 10 00
Norsk Idrettsmedisink Institutt (sports medicine)
Sognsveien 75D, Oslo, 23 26 56 56
Volvat Medisinske Senter
Borgenveien 2A, 0303 Oslo, 22 95 75 00, www.volvat.no
Public Hospitals in Asker and Bærum
Bærum Sykehus, Sogneprest Munthe Kaas Vei 100, 1346 Gjettum, 67 80 94 00,
Martina Hansens Hospital, Dønskiveien 8, 1346 Gjettum, 67 80 94 00,
Dental care is also available for children 18 years and younger. This includes examinations, and necessary care. Registered children are called in for regular check-ups from the age of three years onward, but only at two-yearly intervals.
Water in Norway does not contain fluoride. Fluoride tablets and fluoride rinse can be purchased at the pharmacies and it is recommended that young children take a fluoride supplement.
Dental Emergency Service, Tøyen Senter, Kolstadsgate 8, phone: 22 67 30 00, Monday - Friday: 19.00-22.00 Saturday - Sunday: 11.00-14.00
Oslo Private Tannlegevakt, Hansteens Gate 3, 0253 Oslo, phone: 815 00 345, Monday - Friday: 08.00-19.00, Saturday: 10.00-15.00 and Closed Sunday
24 hour option
JERNBANETORVETS APOTEK (close to Central Train Station),
Jernbanetorget 4B, 0154 Oslo, phone: 23 35 81 00 24 hours service 7 days per week
Asker and Bærum
Leif Tronstads Plas 4, 1301 Sandvika, phone: 67 55 19 00
Monday - Friday: 08.30-22.00 Saturday: 09.00-20.00
Gamle Ringeriks vei 39, 1357 Bekkestua, phone: 67 18 88 88
Monday – Friday: 09.00-18.00
EYE EXAMINATIONS (OYELEGE/OPTIKERE)
The system for eye tests in Norway is slightly different than in many other countries. Children under the age of eight are not allowed to be tested by an optician/optometrist (optiker) without visiting an opthalmologist/eye doctor (øyelege) first. To see an øyelege through the health service you have to visit your doctor first for a referral (henvisning). Your doctor can also recommend which øyelege will test children’s eyes. It is possible to make an appointment with an øyelege directly, but it will usually imply a longer waiting time. Older children can make an appointment direct with an optiker.
ANIMAL HEALTH CARE (VETERINAERER / DYRLEGER)
Oslo Dyreklinikk - 24 Hour Emergency Care,
Engoveien 14, 0655 Oslo, phone: 22 68 35 00