The new way hospitals are financed and increasing cost pressure are challenging hospitals and other stakeholders.
The new way hospitals are financed and increasing cost pressure are challenging hospitals.
Switzerland’s federalist healthcare system is facing numerous challenges. The cost of healthcare is being pushed ever higher by the demographic trend, the increase in chronic diseases and advances in medical technology. The Swiss health system also continues to be rather opaque and unwieldy.
The new way hospitals are financed (revision of the Swiss Health Insurance Act) and increasing cost pressure are challenging hospitals and other stakeholders to ensure they can continue to perform over the long term in order ultimately to survive in an increasingly competitive environment. Service providers need to carve out a more strategic position for themselves, become more transparent and consider new models of care and payment. The various stages in the treatment process rarely dovetail enough with one another. As communication between the various service providers involved in a patient’s treatment pathway can be affected by lost data and the use of different media for the same information, overdiagnosis, multiple treatment and more can result. This has a negative impact on treatment outcomes, patient safety and costs.