Study finds Swiss hospital doctors earn huge salaries

How much should a hospital doctor earn? © KEYSTONE / GAETAN BALLY

Chief physicians at Swiss hospitals earn up to CHF2.5 million ($2.7 million) per year, a study has found. 

This content was published on February 21, 2018 - 11:01

Most earn between CHF350,000 and CHF1.5 million, according to a salary specialist who looked into the matter for Swiss public televisionExternal link. Urs Klinger has been researching the topic for five years. His figures are based on data from 174 Swiss hospitals.

+ How do health costs in Switzerland compare with those in the US?

“One in four head or attending doctors (not employed by the hospital but able to use the facilities when treating own patients) earns more than CHF1.5 million. It can be as much as CHF2.5 million,” Klinger told the “Rundschau” current affairs programme on Wednesday. He pointed out that a doctor typically earns a percentage of the hospital’s income. 

“Every operation increases his salary,” said Klinger, adding that private patients could be billed separately. Critics point out that this encourages unnecessary treatments – which is a burden on the healthcare system and increases insurance premiums. 

Home Affairs Minister Alain Berset is calling for more transparency on the subject of doctors’ salaries. Last year he commissioned a report on how healthcare costs could be reduced. 

The Swiss association of head hospital physicians declined to comment to Rundschau.

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Sort by

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

Discover our weekly must-reads for free!

Sign up to get our top stories straight into your mailbox.

The SBC Privacy Policy provides additional information on how your data is processed.