Information for Patients
The Swiss healthcare system consists of public, subsidised private and fully private healthcare facilities. It has continuously been ranked as one of the overall best in the world. This is a result of the compulsory private health insurance that needs to be purchased by everyone residing in Switzerland for more than 3 months. There is no free public health insurance delivered by the government. This is dictated by the Swiss Federal Law on Health Insurance. This system allows an equally high standard to all residents in need of medical attention. It covers all emergency medical services and hospitalisation however the insured person will have to pay a percentage of the fee.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Medical professional with EU/EFTA citizenship seeking to relocate in Switzerland should gain recognition of their qualifications from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). They should then register with the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
Medical professionals from outside the EU and EFTA countries should poly to get a federal diploma as their foreign qualifications will not be recognised.
Depending on the geographical location of Switzerland, the population will speak different languages. The official languages of Switzerland are French, German, Italian and Romansh.
Information for Travelers
The geographical location in combination with the world-renowned standards and facilities places Switzerland as a very popular destination for medical tourists. The most popular medical tourism pursued in Switzerland include, but aren’t limited to, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, fertility treatments and cosmetics procedures.
Due to the bordering countries, the population of Switzerland is usually multilingual where French, German, Italian and Romansh are popularly spoken.
Standard routine vaccinations are recommend when travelling to Switzerland.
Link to the Ministry of health website for Switzerland: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home.html