Hospitals to close as Switzerland deemed to have 'too many'
Switzerland has a problem which many other countries may be envious of – too many hospitals.
In an effort to cut healthcare costs, many cantons are looking at the number of hospitals on their soil. If a hospital wants to access the compulsory basic insurance money, it needs to be approved.
It’s thought one in ten hospitals in the country will have to close in the next three years. Zurich is likely to lose three, Sankt Gallen as many as 5.
The problem is mainly in the German speaking regions. French speaking cantons fund hospitals slightly differently – and allow more research which provides for an extra revenue stream.