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Icelandic Hospitals Get ISK Millions for New Equipment

The National University Hospital Landspítali (LSH) in Reykjavík and the Regional Hospital in Akureyri (FSH) will be allocated ISK 150 (USD 1.2 million, EUR 924,000) and ISK 50 million, respectively, from the additional budget for 2012.

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The additional budget was determined by the Alþingi parliament’s Budget Committee on Friday morning. The committee’s chair Björn Valur Gíslason of the Left-Greens told Fréttablaðið that overall, these are minor changes.

Björn Valur pointed out that this is the first time in a decade that state contributions for hospital equipment is increased and that more is to come. During the pre-crisis boom years, contributions were cut by half but now the situation is to be improved.

Managing director of LSH Björn Zoëga said the additional budget compensates for the equipment the hospital has had to invest in lately due to absolute necessity.

“We are very satisfied that understanding is being shown for these purchases. It covers them to some extent,” he stated.

The 2013 budget assumes ISK 200-260 million for new equipment to LSH. However, Björn said the hospital needs approximately ISK 1 billion (USD 7.9 million, EUR 6.2 million) annually for three years to make the status of hospital equipment up-to-date.

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