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.