Health insurance premiums set to riseWednesday, 30 June, 2010
Expensive is often a word that comes up often in Switzerland, and that word applies to health insurance as well. Over the weekend, estimates for 2011 premiums came out in the Sonntagsblick said to be leaked from a report by the Federal Office of Public Health. For the first time it looks like you’ll pay more if you live in Bern than in the Swiss Romand. The average monthly premium could rise to 452 francs. Bern would rank second among the most expensive districts, just behind Basel-City at 466 francs and ahead of Geneva at 440 francs. This means about a 10 percent rise for German-speaking cantons.
WRS’s Carla Drysdale asked Silvia Schuetz, spokesperson for Santesuisse, the association of health insurers, what the possible price jump in the German-speaking cantons was about.
Abortion reimbursement under basic health coverage challengedWednesday, 3 February, 2010
Currently in Switzerland, if a woman has an abortion, her basic health insurance will reimburse the costs. Last year, the cost to health insurance companies for some 11,000 abortions ranged between 15 and 20 million francs—an expense which the Federal Cabinet has said is perfectly justified.
But a newly launched initiative is challenging the practice. A committee composed of MPs of the Swiss People’s Party, Christian Democrats and the Federal Democratic Union says abortion is a private matter and that women should get supplemental insurance to cover the cost.
To bring us both sides of the debate, WRS’s Carla Drysdale called on MPs Oskar Freysinger of the Swiss People’s Party and Adèle Thorens Goumaz from the Green Party: