New Cap on Health Costs Proposed

The Minister for Health has proposed a new bill which will cap any individual’s annual health bill to below ISK 100,000 (EUR 710/USD 809). No extra public money will be available to finance the move, however.

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More than 41,000 Sign Health Care Petition

More than 41,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, allocate 11 percent of the country’s annual GDP toward healthcare instead of the current 8.7 percent.

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Nurses Drop Court Case Against State

The Association of Icelandic Nurses has decided to cancel its lawsuit against the State over the government’s law earlier this summer which forced striking nurses back to work.

First Details of 2016 Budget Emerge

Healthcare funding in Iceland is expected to grow in excess of inflation and cost increases next year, according to advance information on preparations for the government’s 2016 budget.


Nurses in Iceland Sign New Wage Contract

Representatives of the Icelandic Nurses’ Association and the Icelandic state signed a new wage contract late last night—after 13 hours of talks—including an 18.6 percent salary increase in four years. Nurses will vote on the new agreement by July 15.


Resignations among Nurses in Iceland Reach 158

A total of 189 healthcare professionals, among them 158 nurses, have resigned at Landspítali National University Hospital since a bill was passed to stop the strike of nurses on June 13. Twenty percent, or 88 of the resignations, are among nurses working at the hospital’s operations ward. If...

Landspítali National University Hospital

Strikes Update

Iceland is still affected by striking workers in various sectors, and while there is progress in many industries, the health service is still under immense pressure.

Strike “Endangering Patients”

The health service cannot stand the ongoing strike by the Association of Academics much longer without compromising patent safety, according to a report by the Directorate of Health.