With the reputation as one of the best health systems in the world, Switzerland has an extensive list of hospitals, clinics, therapeutic and dental practices.
Normally, in the case of a health complaint or illness, the Swiss first contact their family doctor or general practitioner if it is not an emergency. This process is common because then the patient can be assigned to the right specialist for their personal special case. Such a system has worked well in Switzerland so far – waiting times have been shortened and patients can be treated much faster.
The emergencies and more serious illnesses that can not be cured on an outpatient basis are usually treated in hospitals. Swiss clinics are known for being supplied at the highest level. The excellent infrastructure and qualified specialists are a given for every hospital – regardless of which region of Switzerland you are in. So that patients and their relatives can find the nearest hospital more easily, they are marked in the same way, nationwide – with a white H on the blue background.
Who works in Swiss clinics?
Switzerland is especially famous for its prominent thinkers and scientists. But medicine is not an exception – Swiss doctors are world-renowned for their contributions to several areas of medicine – but especially psychology and psychiatry. Names such as Carl G. Jung or Hermann Rorschach are already a trademark for Swiss achievements in medical research.
Of course, not all doctors in Swiss hospitals also come from Switzerland, as the Swiss population is not large, and not every single person can or want to be trained to become a doctor. FMH Swiss Medical Association provides some interesting statistics on doctors in Switzerland.
How expensive are Swiss clinics?
The costs of the stay and treatment do not vary greatly between clinics, depending on how long a patient stays and how time-consuming the treatment is (including materials, medicines, etc.). For patients living in Switzerland, compulsory insurance usually covers the costs, except the daily lump sum for the hospital. Foreign patients pay for the treatment themselves. Depending on what kind of health insurance you have, it may be that some of the costs of treatment abroad are also covered by the insurance.