Healthcare policy

Healthcare policy focuses on public health and public healthcare provision. Access to prevention and early identification services and to appropriate healthcare for all sectors of the population is an important basic requirement. Further topics include quality assurance of the services provided and the financial viability, data situation and manageability of the healthcare system.

01.03.2012

Flu prevention: objectives not (yet) achieved

Evaluation. The communication objectives relating to seasonal flu 2008–2012 have not yet been achieved. This is due more to scarcity of resources (compared with the very ambitious objectives) than to the choice and implementation of measures. more

01.01.2012

NPA harnesses all resources for alcohol prevention

National Programme on Alcohol 2008–2012. The vision of the NPA 2008–2012 is: «Those who consume alcohol do so in such a way that it is not harmful to them or others». The seminal programme of Switzerland’s policy on alcohol has now been running for three years. Progress to date. more

01.11.2011

Health promotion: the story of a successful concept

25 Years of the Ottawa Charter. The approval in 1986 of the Ottawa Charter, the blueprint for health promotion efforts the world over, represented a paradigm shift in perceptions of health. A book by Brigitte Ruckstuhl describes the origins and development of the concept of health promotion. more

01.11.2011

At first hand

Editorial Gaudenz Silberschmidt. Whether it’s flu epidemics, food crises, trade in medicines or development aid, many health issues require global responses. The WHO – the United Nations’ authority for coordinating public health at the international level – has been providing them for over sixty years. As the sole global regulatory body in the health field, it lays down internationally valid rules and standards that serve the individual member states as guidelines for their national health policies. Switzerland is no exception: our national prevention programmes on tobacco, alcohol and diet & physical activity were shaped in part by the corresponding international strategies, agreements and resolutions of the WHO. Likewise, the draft of our Prevention Act was also influenced by the WHO Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. more

01.09.2011

An eventful year for tobacco prevention

2010 Annual Report on the National Tobacco Programme 2008–2012 (NPT 2008–2012). 2010 was an eventful year for tobacco prevention in Switzerland. The most significant milestone was the Federal Law on protection against passive smoking that came into force on 1 May. A large number of other measures were implemented at various levels. Below is a review of the most important developments. more

01.09.2011

«Health Guide to Switzerland»: new edition of success story

Migration and health. The «Health Guide to Switzerland» publication helps migrants understand how to use the Swiss healthcare system. The third revised edition of the popular booklet has just been published. The website of the migesplus centre of excellence for migration-related information has also been relaunched. more

01.09.2011

At first hand

Editorial Andrea Arz de Falco. If you put the search terms «health and culture» into Google, it will start by offering you many ways to enhance your well-being and numerous city breaks – definitely in keeping with the time of year. You’ll also find a lot of information about migration and health, focusing on the challenges that arise at the interface between carers, healthcare professionals and patients as a result of different values based on different cultural, religious and ideological convictions and languages. An openness to and a basic understanding of other cultures are standard skills for doctors and carers nowadays, alongside medical knowledge in the narrower sense of the term and awareness of medical ethics, economics and law. more

01.07.2011

The long road to a Law on Narcotics fit for today’s needs

Swiss drug policy. The revised Law on Narcotics (BetmG) and the respective ordinances are due to come into effect on 1 July 2011, finally providing a legal framework for the Swiss drug policy’s «fourfold» or» four-pillar» model that has been successfully implemented over the last twenty years. more

01.07.2011

At first hand

Editorial Martin Werner. In 2001, Parliament established a Gender Health Office within the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). In 2008, the «Gender and Health» focus report was published, containing precise core statements and recommendations, with the aim of promoting equal opportunities for both genders in terms of health and the quality of services. Men and women were to benefit from healthcare provision and health promotion services adequately suited to their biological and social gender. After twenty years of gender discussion, the fact that different needs and demands exist in this regard is nowadays almost entirely uncontested. more

01.03.2011

Public-private partnerships: increase in future use in the health sector as well?

Lead article. Governments are turning increasingly to private companies to ensure delivery of services and take the pressure off budgets. This form of cooperation between a public authority and a private-sector party is known as a «public-private partnership» (PPP). What opportunities and risks do such partnerships entail? And how important are PPPs in the Swiss health sector? more