Health Insurance in Switzerland

Health Insurance in Switzerland

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The Swiss healthcare system provides patients with very high-quality care, but it is also one of the most expensive in the world. For this reason, the Confederation requires all its citizens and residents to take out basic health insurance with the country's private insurers. This solution, however, is seldom sufficient and can be supplemented by additional health insurance.

Health insurance for expats in Switzerland

How does the healthcare system work in Switzerland?

Switzerland does not have a universal social security system, but its Federal Law on Compulsory Health Care (LAMal) requires all its citizens and residents to be covered by basic health insurance taken out with one of the country's private health insurers. Expatriates in Switzerland have a period of 3 months after their arrival to take out their coverage.

This basic insurance must cover minimum healthcare requirements, including: 

  • General practitioner and specialist consultations provided by doctors in the insured person's canton of residence

  • Hospitalisation in any of the establishments included on the list of approved institutions of the canton of residence (or any other institution in case of emergency)

  • Certain preventative examinations

  • Medications

Accident-related care is generally excluded from basic insurance; extended coverage must be taken out to cover it, unless the insured already benefits from it through their employer. Hospital accommodation in a double or single room, dental care and vision care are also optional benefits.

Swiss insurance policies operate on the basis of annual deductibles (from 300 to 2,500 Swiss francs for an adult) and copayments (deductions from reimbursed costs): the higher the deductible, the lower the insurance premium. In exchange for certain restrictions, some insurance models allow for the cost of contributions to be reduced even further: for example, the “family doctor” model (which involves choosing a general practitioner without being able to change it) or the HMO model (Health Maintenance Organisation, which involves consulting within the health network assigned by one's local insurance).

> Good to know: The website of the Federal Office of Public Health offers a very precise premium calculator, which allows you to assess the amount of your contributions according to several criteria (canton, insurer, age of the insured, accident option, insurance model etc.). 

How to choose health insurance in Switzerland: local or international?

The restrictions of compulsory basic insurance in Switzerland often means insured persons to take out supplementary health coverage in order to be better reimbursed. These extended benefits can be:

  • Sometimes funded by employers

  • Acquired individually from a Swiss insurer

  • Acquired individually from an international insurer 

The third option is often chosen by expats in Switzerland, as it allows them to be covered in the different Swiss cantons as well as in other European countries, and to benefit from many specific advantages.

What is the cost of healthcare in Switzerland?

Examples of reimbursements with MyHealth International COMFORT in relation to the cost of care in Switzerland in the private sector, before coverage by basic and/or supplementary insurance*

  • GP consultation
    • CHF 0.00
    • CHF 63.00
  • Paediatric check-up
    • CHF 0.00
    • CHF 134.00
  • Dental scaling
    • CHF 0.00
    • CHF 200.00
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
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Care in Switzerland

Choosing hospitals in Switzerland

Although based on very liberal principles, insured persons can rest assured that the Swiss health system is very transparent, particularly with regard to their choice of hospitals. 

The Federal Office of Public Health offers various tools to provide information on these institutions, helping you to assess their quality (depending on their location, specialities, patient satisfaction, etc.); for example, on sites such as or

The official hospital-rates monitoring website provides information on the rates charged by each institution (and according to the prices negotiated by each insurer) for the 20 most common hospital treatments. 

Health facilities


University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG)

+41 22 372 33 11

Local call rates apply


Hirslanden Grangettes Clinic

+41 22 305 01 11

Local call rates apply


Beaulieu General Clinic

+41 22 839 55 55

Local call rates apply

Emergency Numbers in Switzerland

  • 144
    Medical Emergency
  • 117
  • 118

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