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OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Switzerland 2011

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Five years after the first Review of Switzerland’s health system, the OECD and the World Organization combined their expertise again to report on progress and implementation of health reforms in the Swiss health system. In addition to taking stock of the good overall performance of the Swiss health system, the two organizations propose concrete ways to help the system be more efficient and prepare for the future health needs of the Swiss population. The report focuses on three important issues: health insurance markets, health workforce planning and management and governance of the health system.

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Assessment and Recommendations

People in Switzerland live longer than almost anywhere else in the world, supported by a high level of economic development and a responsive health system. Swiss residents benefit from their proximity to health services, a wide range of choice of providers and insurers, and broad coverage of essential medical and pharmaceutical services. The Swiss health system is among the best in the OECD. But this excellence comes at a price, with Switzerland spending 11.4% of GDP on health in 2009, well above the OECD average of 9.5% of GDP.

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