OECD Journal on Budgeting

The OECD Journal on Budgeting is published three times per year. It draws on the best of the recent work of the OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO), as well as special contributions from finance ministries, academics and experts in the field and makes it available to a wider community in an accessible format. The journal provides insight on leading-edge institutional arrangements, systems and instruments for the allocation and management of resources in the public sector.

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Quality-based financing – the Norwegian experience

In this article we give a presentation of the Norwegian quality based financing (QBF) mechanism and our experiences with this financing mechanism. The article outlines the main features of the Norwegian health care system, and its financing mechanisms. We then focus in on the QBF with a description of the system and the main considerations on which the system is based. We give a short theoretical framework on how to design quality based financing systems, and show how the consequences can vary depending on the design of the system. The Norwegian system has been evaluated, and the main findings of this evaluation is discussed together with some tentative predictions about the future developments.

JEL codes: H51, I11, I18

Key words: Norway, budgeting, performance, hospitals


Keywords: performance, Norway, hospitals, budgeting
JEL: I11: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Analysis of Health Care Markets; I18: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health; H51: Public Economics / National Government Expenditures and Related Policies / National Government Expenditures and Health
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