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.


“People have a right to know how safe our health system is”

The Patient Safety Foundation draws attention to adverse events in medicine without pointing the finger at individuals. Its aim is to change the system so that events of this kind don’t happen again, explains Dieter Conen, the Foundation’s President. more


Prevent the transmission of germs

Many hospitals in Switzerland have a large number of projects and initiatives designed to help prevent the transmission of disease-causing germs, the overall aim being to reduce the number of infections in the health service and stop the rise of multiresistant bacteria. more


Increased transparency leads to greater quality and safety

The FOPH has been committed to greater quality in the Swiss health service for many years. The new legal basis marks the start of a phase in which the focus is on more coordination and more transparency. In addition, the Federal Council is focusing on the reduction of healthcare-associated infections and the effectiveness of antibiotics. more


Gearing projects to schools’ needs

There is now a large number of services that focus on health promotion and prevention in schools. To be successful and viable in the long term, these services need to be geared to the different syllabuses in each language region and to schools’ needs. more


Engaging with patients at all levels

Patient engagement is an important challenge, and one that the FOPH is keen to support. There are various ways of engaging with patients and their relatives, ranging from the micro level, where professionals and patients hold one-to-one discussions, through to the macro level, where patients and their families may be asked to provide input for new draft legislation, for example. more


Improving care by engaging with patients and their families

Health policy measures should always be geared not only to the requirements of the people affected by them, but also to their needs. That is why the FOPH is endeavouring to include these people in the process of developing strategies and action plans right from the outset. more


Healthy ageing in Switzerland

Demographic change is presenting some major challenges. The task of preserving health and quality of life in the elderly is the main focus of the FOPH’s efforts. It is guided by the “Healthy Ageing” strategy published by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is important to take a differentiated view of old age and ageing at all times. more


At first Hand

Bringing health-care into line with the needs of the elderly. Most elderly people’s health is impaired in some way. The important thing is to maintain these people’s quality of life for as long as possible despite their illness and to identify and strengthen their resources. This is the basis of the “healthy ageing” approach. more


At first hand

Health starts in people’s everyday lives. The figures for life expectancy in Swiss towns and villages paint a clear picture. Residents of prosperous, primarily urban areas and conglomerations such as Zurich, Bern, Basel and Geneva, and along the country’s lakes, have a good chance of living a long life. In the communities where people are living longest, life expectancy is nearly 83. By contrast, the inhabitants of poorer, generally more rural communities and mountain villages can only expect to reach 78. As these figures show, not everyone in Switzerland has the same chance of living a life that is as long and healthy as possible. more


Combating antibiotic resistance

There is a real risk of antibiotics losing their effectiveness. Unless an interdisciplinary approach is adopted, it will be impossible to combat one of the most pressing problems currently facing medicine – antibiotic resistance. This is why Switzerland’s nationwide Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance (StAR) covers human medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture and the environment. StAR is a good example of the Health in All Policies approach. more