History of Groupe Mutuel

A constantly evolving company

The success of Groupe Mutuel goes back to over a century with the creation in 1890 of the very first unit of what is now Groupe Mutuel, i.e. the “Fédération valaisanne des Sociétés de Secours Mutuels SSM” (Valais Federation of mutual assistance societies).

2015: Groupe Mutuel and SUPRA join forces
  • SUPRA-1846 SA, the health insurer based in Lausanne, and Groupe Mutuel joined forces. From 1 May 2015, SUPRA policyholders can benefit from the structure and network of Groupe Mutuel Therefore, 78,000 insureds have joined Groupe Mutuel, bringing its total policyholders under basic health insurance to 1.24 million.

2013: Groupe Mutuel celebrates its 20th year
  • 2013 is the 20th anniversary of Groupe Mutuel. Innovative in the creation of new insurance products, Groupe Mutuel won the special jury award of the magazine "Schweizer Versicherung" for his product Legisdigit@.

2011: Reorganisation into four health insurance companies instead of 15
  • At 1 January 2011, Groupe Mutuel had 1.3 million policyholders (basic and supplemental insurance combined). Groupe Mutuel grouped its companies together: the number of health insurers was reduced from 15 to 4. This simplified their structures and strengthened their financial base.

2008: Groupe Mutuel celebrates its 15th year
  • The association, which was created in 1993 to manage companies specialising in personal insurance, health insurance, occupational benefits and life insurance, now hads1,491 employees.

2006: Philos and its 130,000 policyholders join Groupe Mutuel
  • By joining Groupe Mutuel, Philos with its 120 employees and 130,000 policyholders helped to strengthen the group’s position in the canton of Vaud. As a result, the company consolidated its number one position in French-speaking Switzerland and its third place in Switzerland.

2004: 27 May 2004 - The new service centre opens in Zurich-Oerlikon
  • The new service centre of Groupe Mutuel in Zurich-Oerlikon replaces the locations in Zurich, Glattbrugg and Rennweg. The modernized Zurich-Oerlikon building also welcomes new employees. Providing office space for up to 170 employees, this new service centre will allow Groupe Mutuel to increase its capacity for future growth.

2003: Two Zurich-based insurers join Groupe Mutuel
  • By joining Groupe Mutuel, “Panorama” opens up new opportunities for the future. The corporate insurer of Lindt & Sprüngli also chooses to join Groupe Mutuel under the name “Easy Sana”. These two companies can thus expand their activities throughout Switzerland. For its 10th anniversary, Groupe Mutuel has 17 health insurers.

2001: “La Caisse Vaudoise” allows Groupe Mutuel to expand into the canton of Vaud
  • Groupe Mutuel welcomes a new health insurer, “La Caisse Vaudoise”. The existing infrastructure of the service centre in Lausanne is adapted to meet the new requirements. The number of insured persons rises to 550,000, which makes Groupe Mutuel the fourth largest health insurer in Switzerland.

1998: Inauguration of the new Groupe Mutuel offices in Martigny
  • After a short construction period, the central departments and management of Groupe Mutuel moved into a new building in Martigny. The benefits and membership departments increase at the same time as the number of insureds increases.

1997: Three health insurers from Fribourg join forces with Groupe Mutuel
  • With the affiliation of the health insurers Avenir, Mutual and Mutualité, the number of insured persons rises to 340,000. A new service centre is now available to all policyholders in Villars-sur-Glâne, near Fribourg.

1994: Foundation of the life insurance company “Groupe Mutuel Vie GMV SA”
  • With Groupe Mutuel Vie GMV SA, Groupe Mutuel extends its activities to life insurance. Individual retirement benefits and the protection of family members against unforeseen events made it possible to broaden the range of its health insurance products.

1993: The service company becomes “Groupe Mutuel”
  • The operational structures are combined into a single company: “Groupe Mutuel” is founded and, as a service company, takes over the central administration of the member health insurance companies and the two pension funds. In the same year, Groupe Mutuel also expands its activities in Zurich to include the health insurance fund of CMBB, the timber and construction trade union. This affiliation opens up interesting prospects in German-speaking Switzerland.

1988: The company extends beyond the cantonal borders
  • In 1988, “Mutuelle Valaisanne” is concentrated on the cantonal territory, with 33,000 insureds.  It seeks to develop new opportunities beyond the cantonal borders. The integration of the "Hermes Foundation" is the foundation stone for expansion in the rest of the country.

1951: Foundation of “Mutuelle Valaisanne”
  • The “Sociétés de Secours Mutuels” face competition from the large national insurers. In 1951, "Mutuelle Valaisanne" was founded and has 154 policyholders. In 1966, it merged with the "SSM de Sierre".

1890: Foundation of the “Fédération valaisanne des Sociétés de Secours Mutuels SSM”
  • The second half of the 19th century saw the birth of the "Sociétés de Secours Mutuels" whose members came together in order to better control the economic consequences of unforeseen events.

    In 1890, various associations joined forces to form the “Fédération valaisanne des Sociétés de Secours Mutuels SSM”.  The introduction of the Swiss Federal Law on Health Insurance (LAMal/KVG) in 1911 contributed to the  development of this new institution.

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