Contract specialists are practising specialists, doctors or psychologists, who receive an operating subsidy from the public sector.
Contract specialists (avtalespesialister) assess and treat conditions that do not require hospitalisation, similar to hospital outpatient clinics.
Referral to a contract specialist
Contract specialists offer assessment and treatment if you have a referral from your GP or other healthcare professional with referral rights.
Without a referral, the specialist’s service contract does not apply, and you have to cover the cost of treatment yourself.
User fees for consulting a contract specialist
If you are referred to a contract specialist, the user fee you have to pay will be the same as for treatment at a public hospital. A user fee (egenandel) is an out-of-pocket expense paid by the patient, and is covered by the exemption card scheme (frikortordningen).
A patient fee (pasientbetaling) is a different type of expense payable by the patient, and is not covered by the exemption card scheme. This means that patient fees are not included in the amounts totalled for an exemption card, and that they have to be paid in full by the patient.
If any medical devices or supplies are used as part of the treatment, the size of the patient fee depends on whether you consult a contract specialist or a public hospital. The regulations governing contract specialist services set out differentiated patient fees depending on the type of devices or supplies used.
User fees at family doctor
When you go to a family doctor, you will have most of the cost of your treatment covered.
List of contract specialists
Contract specialists have individual contracts with the regional health authorities. For a list of all contract specialists, please consult the individual websites for each regional health authority (information in Norwegian):