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Swiss opt for compulsory health insurance

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6971.11 (Published 07 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:11
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    Swiss voters have approved new legislation to set up a nationwide health insurance system, which should allow equal access to health care regardless of income. The system is also aimed at allowing better control of health expenditure.

    In a national referendum voters rejected a more radical proposal by the Socialist party and labour unions, which would have made health insurance assessments proportional to income and provided for the payment of 80% of salary to employees unable to work because of illness.

    In the present system, based on legislation passed in 1911, assessments for health insurance are …

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