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Health insurance increase higher than expected

Local News // Oct. 5, 2016
Health insurance increase higher than expected

The actual rise in health insurance premiums next year will be higher than the government has set out, according to Comparis.ch, a comparison website.

Last month, the Swiss Health Minister, Alain Berset, said that there would be an average increase in premiums for compulsory health insurance of 4.5% in 2017. 

However, Comparis.ch says that, by their calculations, the average increase will be 5.8%.

The website says the government's estimate was based on information that was too general. The site says that 1.6 million people will see premium increases of more than 10%. Around 4.1 million people will have to pay more than 5.8% extra.

Health insurance premiums next year will be highest in Basel City and Geneva, closely followed by Basel Country, Vaud, Neuchatel and Jura. The lowest premiums are in Appenzell Inner Rhodes.

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