Switzerland: balancing quality and cost
Life expectancy in Switzerland (82.8 years) is the highest in Europe after Iceland. The Swiss health system offers a high degree of choice and direct access to all levels of care with virtually no waiting times.
As this new review of Swiss health care makes clear, public satisfaction with the system is high and quality is generally viewed to be good or very good. Despite this positive assessment a number of challenges remain. In particular, improving financial protection and fairness of financing is becoming important because rising premiums and an exceptionally high share of out-of-pocket payments place an increasingly large financial burden on households with lower and middle incomes.
The HiT is being launched at Bern in Switzerland in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.