About the Healthcare Atlas for the Elderly in Norway

About the Healthcare Atlas for the Elderly in Norway

An equitable distribution of health services is an overriding Norwegian health policy goal. The Healthcare Atlas for the Elderly in Norway describes the variation in elderly patients’ use of important somatic specialist health services in relation to where they live. The atlas is mainly based on data from the Norwegian Patient Registry, and it describes health services provided to the elderly (people aged 75 years or more) during the period from 2013 to 2015.

The analyses have uncovered unwarranted variation for several important health services, and they are thus relevant to health politicians and health sector managers, as well as to clinicians.

The Healthcare Atlas for the Elderly in Norway also documents when and how the elderly boom will kick in, and it shows how it will play out differently in different hospital referral areas and for different medical specialities and services. For some health services, the atlas also looks at whether age is used as a criterion for prioritisation, despite the opposite being a stated goal.