Swiss Health Insurers Want Federal Government To Oversee Hospitals

(MENAFN- Swissinfo) Landolt told the Tamedia newspaper group on Wednesday that he wants to launch a popular initiative on the hospital issue.

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The cantons are caught in a“gigantic conflict of interest”, said Landolt. As a result, Switzerland has“overpriced and unnecessary” hospitals, which are driving up healthcare costs.

“If decisions are made top-down, the emotional closeness is gone and the decisions become more objective,” said Landolt. He also believes that licences given to doctors should also be regulated at the national level.

Next year, Landolt plans to prepare a corresponding initiative and hold talks with party leaders, associations, and interest groups.

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The initiative would aim to ensure national planning and at the same time take“minimal regional needs” into account. Landolt also sees a solution to the shortage of skilled workers in national hospital planning. Overall, fewer staff would be needed, he said.

'Little drive'

The representative of health insurance companies insists that insurers would not contribute to increasing Swiss healthcare costs. Rather, they would advocate for lower premiums.

According to Landolt, several actors are responsible for the 2024 increase in health insurance premiums by an average of 8.7%.“It is a cumulation of various political authorities that show little drive,” he said. He would have like to have heard Health Minister Alain Berset talk more strongly on this issue in the past, he added.

Next year's health insurance premiums will see the biggest rise for over ten years. The decisive factor for the increase is rising costs, the Federal Office of Public Health announced on Tuesday. These have increased more than expected since the second half of 2021 and especially during 2023. More doctor visits and outpatient hospital services as well as more expensive medicines have caused the surge. In 2023, the premium income will not cover the costs of around CHF35 billion to the health insurance companies. That was already the case in 2022.


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