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.

01.09.2010

At first hand

Editorial Andrea Arz de Falco. In discussions of policies on addiction, Switzerland is often praised as a pioneer. However, Swiss policy on addiction is facing new questions and challenges that are not only a result of changing social realities (the 24/7 society, the speed of change in society and the unlimited availability of substances) or of new problems on the practical front (e.g. overlapping of drug and alcohol scenes, polydrug use). Rather, practical experience and scientific findings are nurturing the realisation that appropriate responses to the diverse range of problems associated with addiction can be drawn up more successfully if an integrated approach is used. more

01.07.2010

Education and migration as health determinants

Equality of opportunities. Studies show that young immigrants do not enjoy the same opportunities as their Swiss peers in Switzerland’s educational system. This poorer access to education can ultimately have negative effects on health. more

01.07.2010

Child’s play: a balanced diet and enough physical activity

Suisse Balance. The Suisse Balance programme provides expert and financial support for innovative projects that make it fun for children and adolescents to engage in daily physical activity and enjoy a balanced diet. Since Suisse Balance was launched in 2002, a large variety of successful projects have been initiated, implemented and evaluated. The diet and physical activity projects currently receiving support, also at the implementation level, include «Procap bewegt», «BodyTalk PEP», «Papperla PEP» and «BabyGuide». more

01.07.2010

Early identification and intervention in schools: lessons learned

New publication: The RADIX foundation has extracted key findings from the evaluations of a number of projects concerned with early identification and early intervention (E&E) in schools and presented them in summarised form in a new publication. E&E is an investment in the future not only of young people but also of schools, and improves equality of opportunities for the 10 –20% of children and adolescents in Switzerland who are at risk. more

01.07.2010

At first hand

Editorial Pascal Strupler. A wide and varied spectrum of health promotion, prevention and early identification measures have been established in Switzerland in recent decades. They are aimed at the general public, young people, schools, etc. It has been scientifically proven that, under certain conditions, prevention is both effective and saves costs. more

01.05.2010

Overweight a heavy burden on healthcare budget

Overweight and obesity. Thirty-seven percent of Switzerland’s adult population were overweight in 2007. Estimates suggest that this high percentage is unlikely to change much in the next ten years. Overweight and obesity currently generate direct and indirect healthcare costs of 5.8 billion francs a year. more

01.05.2010

At first hand

Editorial Stefan Spycher. Prevention efforts can, if well done, deliver significant health benefits. But are they also cost-effective? Do the benefits of prevention outweigh its costs? How does the cost-benefit ratio of prevention compare with that of curative measures? These questions are justified. But the answers are not easy to find. Analysing the economic benefits of prevention and health-promotion initiatives poses some serious scientific challenges, as a recent literature review of this field has shown. more

01.02.2010

The Federal Law on Prevention and Health Promotion

The main facts in brief. The aim of the Prevention Law (Präventionsgesetz) is to improve the management of prevention, health promotion and early detection measures in Switzerland. The Law also contains plans for a new federal-level centre of excellence, the Swiss Institute for Prevention and Health Promotion. more

01.02.2010

A BIG project for health promotion in prisons

A BIG project for health promotion in prisons. Studies show that prison inmates are affected by infectious diseases more frequently than the general population. The «BIG» project has been set up to combat the problem of infectious diseases in prisons and to bring healthcare in prisons up to the same standard as that available in the community. more

01.02.2010

Flu pandemic: Swiss population well informed

Survey. More and more people in Switzerland are taking steps to protect themselves from flu by improving hygiene. By contrast, the popularity of vaccination has declined, as a representative survey carried out in November 2009 reveals. more