Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Health premiums set to rise steeply next year

Share this article

Health premiums set to rise steeply next year
Photo: homestreet.ch
13:59 CEST+02:00
Despite negative inflation in Switzerland, householders will have to pay substantially more for heath care next year, the health insurance association Santésuisse has warned.

Santésuisse director Verena Nold told Swiss national radio SRF insurance premiums would rise by three to four per cent but could be even higher in some cantons.

Premiums in 2015 rose 3.5 per cent over 2014 levels.

“In cantons that have a lot of specialists, i.e. the urban centres of Geneva, Zurich, Basel and Bern, people should reckon on a bigger increase than in the rural cantons,” Nold told SRF.

She said the reason was the growing number of specialists who charged ever higher amounts per patient.

Specialists including urologists and radiologists were charging for consulting medical files, she said. In the past two years costs in this area had grown by 140 million francs.

Another factor driving up premiums was that hospitals were offering more treatments on an outpatient basis, meaning that overnight stays were reduced.

These costs were being transferred to insured persons, Nold said, as the cantons did not finance outpatient treatment. 

Health insurance is compulsory in Switzerland. On arrival in the country people must take out a policy within three months.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

‘No other place in Europe has such as high density of talent'

London has always had a certain allure that pulls in entrepreneurs from near and far. As one of the world's most connected cities, a top financial centre and a multicultural melting pot, countless professionals from Europe and beyond are drawn to London like moths to a flame.