Healthcare in Switzerland is universal and is regulated by the Swiss Federal Law on Health Insurance. There are no free state-provided health services, but private health insurance is compulsory for all persons residing in Switzerland (within three months of taking up residence or being born in the country). International civil servants, members of embassies, and their family members are exempted from compulsory health insurance. Requests for exemptions are handled by the respective cantonal authority and have to be addressed to them directly. The whole healthcare system is geared toward the general goals of keeping the system competitive across cantonal lines, promoting general public health and reducing costs while encouraging individual responsibility. Health insurance covers the costs of medical treatment and hospitalisation of the insured. However, the insured person pays part of the cost of treatment. This is done (a) by means of an annual deductible (called the franchise), which ranges from CHF 300 (PPP-adjusted US$ 184) to a maximum of CHF 2,500 (PPP-adjusted $1,534) for an adult as chosen by the insured person (premiums are adjusted accordingly) and (b) by a charge of 10% of the costs over and above the excess up to a stop-loss amount of CHF 700 (PPP-adjusted $429).

Increase of antibiotic resistance – Antibiotic Awareness Week highlights the risks

Bern, 14.09.2017 – The global fight against antibiotic resistance is ramping up. The World Health Organization has launched an Antibiotic Awareness Week, which will be running for the first time in Switzerland from 13 to 19 November 2017. The professional world and wider public especially are to better communicate and understand that the […]

Masterplan for the Promotion of Biomedical Research: implementation on track

Bern, 21.06.2017 – The Masterplan for the Promotion of Biomedical Research was launched by the Federal Council with the aim of boosting Switzerland as a centre of research and technology and assuring the population affordable access to new products developed in biomedicine. The masterplan is being implemented in close collaboration with partners in […]

Implementation of Biomedical Research and Technology Masterplan well underway

Bern, 21.10.2015 – The Masterplan for the promotion of biomedical research and technology is currently being successfully implemented. The Federal Council has taken note of a status report to this effect issued by the Federal Department of Home Affairs. The Masterplan is designed to strengthen the Swiss workplace while at the same time […]

Confederation and cantons take action against providers of illegal fresh cell therapy

Bern, 26.03.2015 – Swiss hospitals and private clinics have been offering ‘fresh cell therapy’ for some time. This is especially popular with tourists from China, Russia and the Middle East. However, the products that are used are not authorised and constitute a significant health risk. The FOPH and Swissmedic, together with the cantons, […]

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04.09.2017 Addiction policy. Since time immemorial, mankind has consumed psychoactive substances, and what a society considers to be an addiction is continually being renegotiated. Besides substances such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs and medication, there are also new substances such as neuroenhancers, whereas opiates (which had long been prominent in addiction […]

Campylobacter is the most common cause of food-borne infections – new study reveals causes

Bern, 03.07.2014 – Campylobacter infection is one of the commonest global causes of food-related diarrhoea. Between 7000 and 8000 laboratory-confirmed cases are recorded each year in Switzerland. A study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) has now revealed the main cause of the peak that occurs in winter. New […]

Federal Council plans to boost biomedical research and technology

Bern, 18.12.2013 – The Federal Council intends to create an optimum environment for biomedical research and technology and continue to support this field by introducing a range of measures in the areas of research, market access, reimbursements and intellectual property. In a comprehensive masterplan it sets out which strategies are to be pursued, […]

Swiss Health Survey 2012 – Improved health behaviour but also more overweight people

Neuchâtel, 10.10.2013 – (FSO) – In recent years, the Swiss population have improved their health behaviour. For example, in 2012, three out of four people were sufficiently physically active – 10 percentage points more than in 2002. However, the proportion of overweight people has risen by 11% since 1992. In 2012, 41% of […]

Swiss Russian Health Forum

Basel, 10.09.2012 – Speech by Federal Councillor Alain Berset to the Swiss Russian Health Forum – Check against delivery. In October 2011 Moscow hosted a very successful first Swiss Russian Health Forum. A large Swiss delegation took part. This shows how many people are interested in cooperating with Russia. I am delighted to […]

Federal Council Continues Nano Action Plan: New Internet Platform for the Public

Bern, 25.04.2012 – Relying on the existing resources, the Federal Council continues the action plan for synthetic nanomaterials through the end of 2015, while at the same time setting priorities. It has adopted a report to that effect, which also takes stock of the implementation progress of the 2008 action plan. Effective immediately, […]

Federal Councillor Berset in Singapore to inaugurate first research centre of a Swiss university in Asia

Bern, 13.03.2012 – The head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, Federal Councillor Alain Berset, will be in Singapore from March 16th to 19th. Federal Councillor Berset will attend the opening of the new building of the Singapore–ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC). In addition to a meeting with the President […]