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Quality

Ensuring good quality and developing the necessary quality systems (criteria, indicators, etc.), as well as measuring quality and disclosing the measurement results are vital to an efficient and effective healthcare system and primarily the task of the service providers. Alongside process and structural quality, measurements of the quality of results are particularly intended to ensure transparency regarding quality among service providers. This transparency constitutes an important competitive criterion.

CSS is campaigning for the quality of service provision in the Swiss healthcare system to be transparently recorded and disclosed. This will allow premium payers to compare offers between service providers and enable the tariff partners to compete on a price as well as a quality level. CSS operates the QualiCheck portal using its own data as well as quality data that is freely available and contractually obtained. The portal lets users compare the quality of treatment and patient satisfaction in Swiss acute hospitals.

At the start of December 2015, the Federal Council passed a Dispatch on the Amendment of the Federal Health Insurance Act to Parliament. National quality programmes are intended to be established on this basis. In addition, transparency is to be increased, quality measures are to become more binding and sanctions are to be introduced. CSS welcomes the federal government’s efforts to lay the necessary foundations for achieving substantial progress in terms of quality assurance. CSS explicitly welcomes the National Council’s attempts to make service providers and insurers more accountable. This includes the idea that tariffs and prices should be based on the compensation for those service providers that satisfy the quality requirements efficiently and cost-effectively. The National Council also proposes that service providers and insurers should be obliged to sign up to national agreements on quality development.

You can find further information on the topic of quality in our publication on health policies "im dialog" 1/2014 (in german).