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Health insurance costs to rise next year

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12:02 CEST+02:00

Health insurance premiums will rise by about three percent in Switzerland next year, according to price comparison site Comparis.ch.

The site's predictions are based on a survey of the top insurance companies, who together insure about 70 percent of the Swiss population.

The survey compared costs for both in- and out- patient treatment, medical practice and medication.

The findings, however, only offer a general indication as everyone has a unique relationship with their provider, which is determined in part by use. Furthermore, the numbers also varied considerably between regions and companies.

“Several factors point to a moderate growth,” Comparis insurance expert, Felix Schneuwly said in a statement.

Uncertainty remains over the cost of inpatient care, as hospitals are in the process of putting in place a new funding system. This means that some of the costs given are only provisional.

It is also feared that premiums may shoot up in 2014, should it turn out that the costs this year have been underestimated.

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