The challenges facing the Swiss health system are growing and becoming increasingly complex. In particular, costs trends are putting a strain on the health system, which is one of the best in the world. Proposals for improvement must be carefully considered, balanced and likely to obtain a majority.
Comparable to the well-proven Swiss militia system, Groupe Mutuel set up the Groupe de réflexion in 1998, whose purpose is to act as a policy adviser. Therefore, health politicians from different parties meet with Groupe Mutuel representatives to find ways of improving the Swiss health system, while maintaining a liberal and market-economy approach.
The Groupe de réflexion is independent and autonomous. Membership is not tied to any obligation.
The Groupe generally meets four times a year and organises other one-off meetings and events.
The maximum financial compensation of members is CHF 4,000 per year depending on the number of meetings and the investment of members who would not otherwise be remunerated in another position at Groupe Mutuel. The amount of this representation allowance is disclosed publicly and monitored regularly.
The Groupe de réflexion is made up of the following members: Roland Marcel Eberle, President, former member of the Council of States, Vice-President of the administrative board of Groupe Mutuel; Martin Bäumle, member of the National Council (GLP/ZH); Marco Chiesa, member of the Council of States (SVP/TI); Olivier Français, member of the Council of States (PLR/VD); Alex Kuprecht, member of the Council of States (SVP/SZ); Martin Landolt, member of the National Council (PBD/GL); Damian Müller, member of the Council of States (PLR/LU); Leo Müller, member of the National Council (PDC/LU), Therese Schläpfer, member of the National Council (SVP/ZH).