0844 277 277 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
CSS Insurance

Im dialog

This health policy publication from CSS is aimed at decision-makers in the healthcare sector. It appears three times a year in German and French.

Focus on a spurious game: The federal healthcare system

im dialog (in German)

In 2016, there were 283 hospitals and clinics in Switzerland – a large number within a relatively small area. Despite the introduction of the new hospital financing system in 2012, which aimed to reduce the number of hospitals by boosting competition, there has been barely any movement in the hospital market to date. Healthcare costs continue their steady rise, partly due to excess capacity. Why does Switzerland have so many hospitals and hospital beds? Who is actually responsible for planning hospital care? And why do we often say that we have 26 different healthcare systems?