Abstract:This chapter examines the health insurance system of Switzerland. Section 2.1 outlines the general trends in Switzerland's health insurance market, including the role of private supplementary health insurance. Section 2.2 discusses health financing equity issues and the financial burden faced by households by assessing premium level differences, the premium subsidy mechanism and out‐of‐pocket payments. In Section 2.3, the extent of competition in the health insurance market is discussed, with a focus on the risk equalisation mechanism and managed care plans. Finally, Section 2.4 reviews the current reform agenda and examines proposals on the surveillance of the insurance market and the development of integrated care networks.
Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: 2011-10-01