Health is a welfare state | Let’s listen to Torstein Lerhol and others with experience

There is no doubt that many local politicians have a more realistic relationship to cooperation between public and private institutions in the field of health and well-being, or what we call the well-being mix.

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It becomes especially visible during the week of Arendal.

A new poll finds that left-wing voters are positive about cooperation between public and private health services.

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It does not quite align with the rhetorical movements of many MPs on the subject. Because in reality, our welfare society is built on cooperation between public and private actors.

We see many good examples of this in small and medium-sized municipalities and I think it is worth paying attention to.

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freedom of choice

During Arendal Week, there are many good examples of good local cooperation in health and wellbeing.

I would like to draw attention to Torstein Lerhol, who has BPA (User Controlled Personal Assistance), is an SP politician and Medvind Assistance leader. Participate in the event “The Wellbeing Mix in Health and Care: How Individuals Can Strengthen Regions?”. It was fun to listen to.

Many municipalities in Norway are free to choose within the User Controlled Personal Assistance (BPA). This means that if you require this type of service, you can choose to have the service provided by a private operator at no additional cost. Then it is the municipality that takes the bill, so you can choose.

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Lierhol stresses the importance of freedom of choice for customers/users at the event. When you receive BPA services, it is a matter of living on your own terms. To achieve this, the customer/user must be able to choose the people who come into their lives.

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Laerhull, leader of Medvind Assistance, cites examples from his own company. If it does not provide a good product, then the service is bad. Then it should be clear that the customer/user has the option to choose another supplier. “That is why it is important to have freedom of choice for users – also in the provinces. It should not be the case that big cities have a monopoly on the freedom of choice of users,” he says of the Arendalsuka platform.

I totally agree with Lierhol.

Free User Choice is a good example of the luxury mix that we have in Norway. Private companies are major suppliers of BPA, including in rural areas. This creates more job opportunities in the area and of course multiplies the positive effects in the local community.

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Norway faces significant demographic challenges.

The number of people over 80 will double in the coming decades, while the number of children is at an all-time low. It requires enormous capacity, professionals and financial resources. As the needs become so overwhelming, this presents a challenge to all our welfare arrangements.

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This requires that we invest together. Public, private and non-profit actors must work together to ensure Norwegian prosperity. We need to cultivate and educate diversity, those who are creative, who care about them and see those opportunities.

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“I hope a new government will rule by reason, not principle,” Larhal says.

I can not agree more.

Megan Vasquez

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