OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Switzerland 2006

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The Swiss population enjoys good health and universal access to a comprehensive range of modern health services, but policy makers are faced with considerable policy challenges, particularly to contain fast-growing health spending and improve value for money. This book analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the Swiss health system. It weighs them against the key policy objectives of health-system effectiveness and responsiveness, access to care and equitable financing, efficient supply of services, and financial sustainability. The report assesses new proposals for reform of the health system and provides policy recommendations to help address current and upcoming challenges facing the Swiss authorities.

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Recent and Proposed Reforms to the Swiss Health-insurance System

While the LAMal’s goals of access and insurance coverage have been broadly achieved, health-system costs continue to rise more rapidly than GDP, creating pressures on the ability of the system to finance the growth in outlays. This has led the Swiss authorities to consider further ways to improve the cost performance of the system, again within the framework of the federal Health-insurance Law. Since 1996, different revisions to the LAMal have been discussed by parliament, the latest of which is ongoing. This chapter described these revisions and their current legislative status.

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