According to the KOF Swiss Economic Institute of ETH Zurich, healthcare expenditure increased by 3.7% in 2019, having also risen in the previous two years. This was due, among other factors, to the slight increase in wages in the healthcare sector and the rise in the number of older people. At the same time, the increase in premiums for compulsory health and long-term care insurance for 2020 was very moderate, averaging only 0.2%. According to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), healthcare costs will continue to rise in the future as a result of demographic trends and advances in medical technology. The Federal Council therefore intends to take various measures to help limit the increase and has developed a cost containment Programme for this purpose.
Federal Council programme to curb cost growth in the healthcare system
While the increase in health insurance premiums for 2020 is relatively modest, cost containment will remain the focus of health policy in the coming years. In 2017, the Federal Council initiated the discussion on health policy in Switzerland with an expert group report on curbing cost increases in the healthcare system.
The cost containment programme has been divided into two packages of measures. The first package was submitted for parliamentary consultation with the Federal Council’s dispatch in August 2019, and discussions will commence in the 2020 spring session.
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