Wednesday , May 27 2020
Home / le News / Swiss health insurers to send patients to pharmacy first

Swiss health insurers to send patients to pharmacy first

Summary:
Swiss healthcare is typically ranked the world’s second most expensive, as a percentage of GDP, after the US. © Tero Vesalainen | Dreamstime.comIn Switzerland, compulsory health insurance premiums cover 37% of healthcare costs. Much of the rest is covered by tax payers and non-reimbursable out-of-pocket payments by individuals. As part of a plan to reduce costs, this week, the health insurer Groupe Mutuel, launched a new lower cost plan which requires its clients to go to the pharmacy for help before calling their doctor or a medical specialist, according to Le Matin Dimanche and reported in Le Temps. Patients on the plan are required to go a designated pharmacy before going to a doctor. A pharmacist decides whether a doctor’s appointment is required. Pharmacists do not charge

Topics:
Investec considers the following as important: , , ,

This could be interesting, too:

Swissinfo writes Poll: 70 percent of residents back ‘SwissCovid’ tracing app

Investec writes Coronavirus: drop in revenue could leave Swiss hospitals with 3 billion loss

Investec writes Most want masks made compulsory on Swiss public transport, suggests survey

Investec writes Coronavirus: drop in revenue could leave Swiss hospitals with 3 billion loss

Swiss healthcare is typically ranked the world’s second most expensive, as a percentage of GDP, after the US.

© Tero Vesalainen | Dreamstime.com

In Switzerland, compulsory health insurance premiums cover 37% of healthcare costs. Much of the rest is covered by tax payers and non-reimbursable out-of-pocket payments by individuals.

As part of a plan to reduce costs, this week, the health insurer Groupe Mutuel, launched a new lower cost plan which requires its clients to go to the pharmacy for help before calling their doctor or a medical specialist, according to Le Matin Dimanche and reported in Le Temps.

Patients on the plan are required to go a designated pharmacy before going to a doctor. A pharmacist decides whether a doctor’s appointment is required. Pharmacists do not charge for consultations, reducing costs.

Certain things, such as emergency treatment, gynecology, pediatrics and chronic conditions are exempted.

The system, which was tested between 2012 and 2014, found that 73% of cases could be dealt with by the pharmacist.

Pharmacies welcome the shift because it has the potential to boost their sales. Many doctors are supportive too because they have more patient demand than they can cope with.

A recent law increasing the number of drugs that can be obtained from pharmacies without a prescription from a doctor, which came into force on 1 January 2019, is one element supporting this new model.

More on this:
Le Temps article (in French) – Take a 5 minute French test now

For more stories like this on Switzerland follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Investec
Investec
Investec is a distinctive Specialist Bank and Asset Manager. We provide a diverse range of financial products and services to our niche client base.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *