The Swiss Health Observatory (Obsan) provides reliable, independent analyses of the health system in Switzerland for the Confederation and the cantons.
Social situation and hospitalisation in Switzerland
Publications in English
Health in Switzerland – Children, young people and young adults
The National Health Report 2020
The “nurses at work” study: Investigating nurses’ career paths over the last 40 years in Switzerland
Obsan Bulletin 8/2016
Ageing workforce in an ageing society
How many health professionals will the Swiss healthcare system need by 2030?
Update of indicators
Indicators based on the cause of death statistics (TU) have been updated with 2020 data.
Prevention of chronic diseases
In the new book of Health Promotion Switzerland, Obsan wrote the chapters "Mental health in Switzerland: state of affairs", as well as "Chronic non-communicable diseases in Switzerland".
Marcel Widmer becomes Head of the Obsan
He will take up his new position on 1 May 2022. Marcel Widmer is a long-time employee of Obsan, has been on the Executive Board since 2012 and has held the position of Co-Deputy Head of Obsan since 2017.
We provide background information to this highly topical subject – amongst others in three new publications (in German or in French).