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.
Table of contents:
Executive Summary Chapter 1. Organisation of the Swiss Health System -Salient Features of Switzerland -The Economic Size of the Health Sector -Governance of the Swiss Health System -Health Financing and Insurance Coverage -Health Service Delivery -Provider Payments, Reimbursement and Contracting Chapter 2. The Performance of the Swiss Health System -Health Levels and Inequalities -Lifestyle and Risk Factors -Prevention of Diseases and Health Promotion -Quality of Care Chapter 3. The Performance of the Swiss Health System: Access to Care and Health-System Responsiveness -Acces to Health Care and Coverage -Responsiveness of the Swiss Health System Chapter 4. The Performance of the Swiss Health System: Efficiency and Financial Sustainability -The Financial Sustainability of Health Spending -TheEfficiency of the Swiss Health System Chapter 5. Recent and Proposed Reforms to the Swiss Health-Insurance System -The First Revision of the LAMal -The Second Revision of the LAMal -Further Reforms in the Area of Long-Term Care Chapter 6. Policy Challenges and Options for Reform -Effectiveness and Quality of the Swiss Health System -Access to Care and Financial Protection -Efficiency and Financial Sustainability -Systemic Issues for the Longer-Term List of Acronyms Canton Abbreviations References