Every expat wants to know that they’ll be taken care of, should they need medical help in their new home country. The InterNations guide on health and insurance gives expats an overview of the Swiss healthcare system, while also providing them with help and advice on whom to see and when. Don’t worry — you’re in safe hands in Switzerland.
You’ll be happy to hear that the Swiss healthcare system is one of the most advanced in the world. The extensive list of specialists available will ensure that, no matter what the problem is, you’ll be treated by a specially trained professional, hopefully without having to travel too far. However, this high-quality medical system does come at a cost. Switzerland’s medical system is not funded by tax. Instead everyone must have, at the very least, a basic health insurance policy to cover general checkups and emergencies. But, as the name suggests, a basic policy only really covers the basics, so many expats choose to add complementary policies to their health insurance, to ensure that they are covered for all kinds of medical matters.