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Switzerland moves to curb healthcare costs by sending patients abroad

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7535.198-e (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:198
  1. Clare Chapman
  1. Zurich

    Switzerland is to introduce reforms to reduce its health service costs and tackle the current funding crisis. The reform package includes sending patients to other countries where treatments are cheaper.

    The package also includes allowing health insurers to have smaller financial reserves and will bring into force a deal with pharmaceutical companies to make drugs up to 30% cheaper.

    It follows measures already introduced that mean that patients who opt to take …

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