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.

01.07.2014

At first hand

Editorial Stefan Spycher. Being part of the working population is an important factor in the health of the individual. Paid work not only ensures financial independence; it also creates a sense of personal achievement, security and social integration. But work also entails health risks that go beyond established health protection measures at the workplace. The term "work-related health problems" covers disorders that are not actually caused by specific working conditions but are nonetheless more common among the working population. They include, for instance, musculoskeletal disorders, or symptoms that can result from constant stress. more

01.05.2014

Advertising ban for tobacco and alcohol products protects public health

Lead article. Advertising persuades children and adolescents to take a positive view of alcohol and tobacco. It makes little difference whether or not the advertising message is aimed directly at them. Full-scale bans on advertising are politically controversial, but – if combined with other measures – they would afford better protection against the subtle influences and clever advertising strategies of tobacco and alcohol producers. In Switzerland, producers are subject to fewer restrictions than in other European countries. more

01.01.2014

"Actively promote human and animal health and wellbeing."

Five questions for Hans Wyss. To further tighten the cooperation between the Federal Veterinary Office (FVO) and the Food Safety Division of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), the Federal Council (Swiss government) decided in 2012 to merge the two. Subsequently the new Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) was created. It will be operational from January 2014 onwards and will be the centre of competency for food safety, nutrition, animal health, animal welfare as well as species and animal protection in international trade. more

01.01.2014

Working together to improve employee health and physical activity

2013 annual conference. The 2013 annual conference of "actionsanté", which was held in Berne's Kursaal on 5 November, focused on cooperation between the authorities and the private sector to improve employee health and physical activity, and on the views of young people on health-related topics. more

01.01.2014

At first hand

Editorial Daniel Koch. The most recent vote on the Epidemics Act has once more demonstrated that the subject of vaccinations can arouse emotions and trigger debate. When an epidemic with a high mortality rate looms on the horizon, the loudest voices are those clamouring for vaccinations. At other times, they are those who fear vaccinations. more

01.11.2013

New system of public order fines for cannabis use

Revision of the Narcotics Act. As of 1 October 2013, adults caught using cannabis are now fined 100 francs and no longer charged with drug use. more

01.11.2013

Dementia – a challenge for society and the healthcare system

National Dementia Strategy 2014– 2017. Today about 110,000 persons suffering from dementia are living in Switzerland. And their numbers are growing. The National Dementia Strategy aims to provide a targeted response to this growing challenge. more

01.09.2013

“spectra” is like a restaurant menu – it has something for everyone.

Six questions for Professor Thomas Zeltner. As Director of Switzerland's Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) from 1991 to 2009, Thomas Zeltner helped shape the Swiss healthcare system and international health policy for many years. Today, he is President of the Science et Cité Foundation, which promotes dialogue between the sciences and the people of Switzerland, and he is a professor at the University of Berne and Harvard University as well as an advisor to numerous organisations and governments. more

01.09.2013

Employee fitness is also an economic factor

Physical activity in the workplace. On average, employees spend 60% of their day in the workplace, many of them doing sedentary work. As a result, over 50% of the working population do not get enough exercise, their performance declines and they are more likely to fall ill. Employers can counter this trend by introducing physical activity programmes at work. more

01.09.2013

Lifestyle has an influence on health – but what influences lifestyle?

Determinants of health. A healthy lifestyle could prevent many chronic diseases. But lifestyle – like health in general – varies considerably throughout our society. The boundaries between healthy and unhealthy often parallel those of social distinctions. One of the main tasks of health promotion and disease prevention is to enable health equality. This calls primarily for structural measures – because these also influence lifestyle. more