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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The Performance of the Swiss Health System

Access to Care and Health-system Responsiveness

This chapter examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Swiss health system with regard to two main objectives of health-system performance: achieving equitable coverage for and access to health care; and ensuring responsiveness to patient needs. The chapter outlines the key challenges and achievements, examining possible reasons underlying current performance. It also discusses some of the key policies that the authorities have implemented to improve performance.

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