Swiss opt for compulsory health insuranceBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6971.11 (Published 07 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:11
- Alexander Dorozynski
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 …