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Switzerland needs more GPs if it is to tackle growing burden of chronic disease

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7057 (Published 31 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7057
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

Switzerland has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, but the Swiss model is among the most expensive and has weaknesses that must be rectified in coming years as the population ages, says a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The study commends the universal Swiss healthcare system for providing a wide range of medical services and choice in insurers and healthcare providers, which help make Switzerland’s life expectancy among the highest in the world. Valérie Paris, an economist in the OECD’s health division and a coauthor of the report, added that the Swiss system performs well and that its patients have a high level of satisfaction.

“But …

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