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South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority is one of four Regional Health Authorities in Norway and is the strategic unit that owns the hospital trusts in the region.
The authority provides specialist health services to 2.9 million people in Østfold, Akershus, Oslo, Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, Vestfold, Telemark, Aust-Agder and West Agder.
The regional health authorities have two important statutory tasks;
- they own the hospital trusts in the region (ownership responsibility)
- and ensure that the population in the region is offered specialist health services (care-for-responsibility).
Specialist health services are offered by own hospitals or purchased from private actors.
In addition to running hospitals, regional health authorities have tasks in research, education and training of patients and relatives.