Healthcare in Switzerland
It is not always easy to find one's way in a foreign healthcare system.
How does the compulsory health insurance work?
Health insurance in Switzerland is regulated by the Swiss Federal Health Insurance Law of 1994 (LAMal/KVG). It is compulsory for all persons residing in Switzerland (within three months of taking up residence or being born in the country). The operational activity related to the compulsory insurance was delegated to private companies by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). These companies are not allowed to make a profit off basic insurance. Health insurance covers the costs of medical treatment and hospital stays.