Neuchâtel, 10.07.2012 (Obsan) - In the twelve year period from 1998 to 2010, the inflation-adjusted expenditure of the compulsory healthcare insurance rose by CHF 6.9 billion. Population growth or ageing are only responsible for a small part of this increase. Outpatient treatment in particular, as well as medication have led to higher costs. This is a finding from a multi-year study conducted by the Swiss Health Observatory (Obsan).
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Neuchâtel, 12.04.2012 (Obsan) - The mental health of the Swiss population has barely changed in recent years. About one person in six in Switzerland suffers from a mental disorder. This is a finding of the third monitoring report by the Swiss Health Observatory (Obsan).
Neuchâtel, 21.06.2011 (Obsan) - A new study from the Swiss Health Observatory (Obsan) concludes that the DRG-based payment system introduced in some Swiss hospitals between 2002 and 2008 has not led to a decline in quality: patients being discharged too early or an increase in hospital readmissions due to insufficient hospital care have not been observed. These results are important with regard to the coming year, as a new DRG-based payment system will be introduced nationwide at the start of 2012.
Neuchâtel, 19.05.2011 (Obsan) - A new study from the Swiss Health Observatory on the future of care in old age shows that not only will there be a strong increase in the number of people in need of care; significant changes in the kind of help needed are also emerging. The demand for help and care services at home, from home care organisations such as Spitex, will rise. As a result, care in nursing homes will be required later in life than today and more often only towards the end of life.
Neuchâtel, 29.06.2010 (Obsan) - The Swiss Health Observatory (Obsan) commissioned two studies on the use of inpatient acute psychiatric care in Switzerland. The results show that nine out of ten patients are able to permanently leave the clinic after a single crisis. One out of ten persons stays in an acute psychiatric clinic either for an above-average duration or frequency.
Neuchâtel / Berne, 26.02.2009 (Obsan / GDK) - In 2006, almost 200,000 persons with a qualification in a health-related field were employed by hospitals, nursing homes and home care services. The ageing of the population will require increased care. By 2020, this could lead to an increase in the need for qualified personnel of at least 25,000 persons. The Swiss Health Observatory has issued these projections on behalf of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Health (SDK/CDS).
Neuchâtel, 27.11.2008 (Obsan) - The residents of Switzerland are basically in good health and receive good health care when they are ill. This is the conclusion of the “Health in Switzerland” National Health Report 2008 which has been published by the Swiss Health Observatory. Nevertheless, according to the report there are also shortcomings and challenges. One of these is the uneven distribution of health across the population, which is mainly attributable to people's level of education and economic wellbeing. Another challenge is the increase in the number of mental disorders and chronic illnesses: the reasons for this increase are, among other factors, the ageing of the population, the living conditions and the individual behaviour of the persons concerned.
Neuchâtel, 14.11.2008 (Obsan) - The Swiss Health Observatory (Obsan) commissioned a study of the development of inpatient psychiatric care in Switzerland. The study shows that while the number of treatments-measured by the number of inpatient admissions-has risen by 9.3% since 2002, the number of treated patients has remained constant at approximately 50,000 people per year. This trend-more treatment cases and a constant number of patients-is attributable to markedly more frequent patient readmissions (up 30%) and shorter hospital stays.
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