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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Health Workforce

This chapter examines the health workforce in Switzerland. Section 3.1 provides an overview of the health workforce in Switzerland in terms of distribution and evolution. It also discusses the forecasted health workforce shortage. In Section 3.2, trends shaping the health workforce are reviewed and health workforce ageing, feminisation of the medical profession, as well as the expectations of younger generations of doctors in terms of professional and private life balance are all discussed. In Section 3.3, the recent reforms in the field of education are briefly reviewed and their implications are discussed. This section also examines whether or not Switzerland is training enough health personnel. The issue of international health worker migration is addressed in Section 3.4, and policies aiming to ensure better use of the existing health workforce are presented in Section 3.5. Finally, the major challenges to addressing health workforce issues in Switzerland are discussed in Section 3.6.

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