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Confidential drug deals push up cost of Swiss healthcare, claims association

Around CHF 8 billion is spent annually on medicines prescribed for specific diseases in Switzerland. 20 drugs account for about a fifth of this cost, many of them sold at prices negotiated in secret. These confidential drug price negotiations are one of the reasons the cost of Swiss healthcare is rising so fast, claims Curafutura, an association representing Swiss health insurance companies. Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on Pexels.comAccording to Curafutura drugs aimed at specific diseases...

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Swiss health office and pharma firm at odds over flu spray

A few days in bed might also help to recover from flu. Keystone / Martin Ruetschi The Swiss health authorities and the manufacturer AstraZeneca are at loggerheads over a nasal spray to vaccinate children and adolescents against influenza. The British-Swedish manufacturer told the Swiss Keystone-SDA agency that it had been asked by the Federal Office of Public Health to introduce its product in Switzerland two years ago. However, the health office had later set...

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Huge Covid test fraud potentially uncovered in Switzerland

While checking statements from health insurers a number of people have noticed Covid tests that were never administered. One individual in St. Gallen discovered 30 Covid tests billed by a doctor in Vaud on their statement, reported RTS. © Yauhen Akulich | Dreamstime.comA spokesperson for Santésuisse, a health insurance association, said the organisation estimates that 1% of Covid tests have not been billed correctly and could be fraudulent. The total value of these potentially fraudulent...

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Numerous Swiss health insurance price comparison sites misleading

Ahead of deciding on where best to insure in 2023 numerous websites claim to offer reliable health insurance comparison tools. However, many cannot be trusted, according to a report by RTS. © Tatiana Golmer | Dreamstime.comNine out the 16 websites reviewed by a consumer advocacy association failed the test. The nine failing sites offered no product comparison. Instead they merely collected user data that could be used by agents hoping to up-sell lucrative complementary insurance...

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Switzerland to destroy 10 million doses of Covid vaccine

Switzerland is to destroy more than 10 million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, reported RTS. © Filmfoto | Dreamstime.comThe 10.3 million doses of vaccine have reached their expiry date, which cannot be extended, said the government. 2.5 million doses are stored in Switzerland with further 7.8 million stored in Belgium, said the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). At an estimated price of CHF 28 per dose the cost of the vaccines comes to around CHF 280 million. However, the...

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Swiss health insurance set to rise by most since 2010

On 27 September 2022, the Swiss government published health insurance premiums for 2023. On average premiums will rise by 6.6% with large variations depending on age and where you live. © Francisco Javier Zea Lara | Dreamstime.comThe 6.6% average increase in 2023 is the fifth largest rise since Switzerland’s current system of health insurance began in 1996. The last time it rose more was in 2010 when it leapt 8.7%. The average monthly premium will rise to CHF 334.70 per month (CHF...

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Sharp rise in Swiss health premiums inevitable, says association

This week, less than a month before next year’s health insurance premiums are unveiled, santésuisse, a health insurance association, warned of unusually high hikes in the cost of Switzerland’s compulsory health insurance for 2023, reported RTS. © Attila Barabás | Dreamstime.comHealthcare costs rose 6.4% in 2021 and are expected to rise 4% in 2022 and 2023, said santésuisse in a press release. The situation is very serious, said Verena Nold, a director at santésuisse. Insurers’...

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Swiss health premiums set for sharp rise in 2023

Swiss health insurance premiums are set to rise sharply in 2023, according to a new study. Price rises could reach close to 10% in some cantons. © Francisco Javier Zea Lara | Dreamstime.comOn average premiums across the country are expected to jump at least 5.4%, according to a study published by Accenture, reported RTS. One of the reasons behind the rises is pressure from the government to refund financial reserves. Reserves are typically used to cover unexpectedly costly years....

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Switzerland may have passed 6th Covid peak

Data published this week on 19 July 2022, suggest that 6th wave Covid-19 infections in Switzerland may have peaked. Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com Data published by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health show 46,099 new cases over the 7 days to 18 July 2022. Over the prior 7 days there were 55,339 cases. Recorded cases have dropped 17% week on week. In addition, the number of weekly hospitalisations has fallen from 429 to 227 and deaths from 28 to 18. The...

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Higher federal tax deductions for health insurance announced

Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich on Pexels.com The cost of Swiss health insurance has risen sharply over the years. However, the amount that can be deducted from income to calculate federal taxes has remained comparatively low. This week, Switzerland’s parliament voted in favour of closing the gap between the standardised health insurance tax deductions and what people actually pay, reported RTS. The current deductions are CHF 1,700 for an adult, CHF 3,500 for a married...

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