The cabinet has agreed proposals to increase state supervision of health insurance companies and to smooth out regional differences in premium payments.This content was published on February 16, 2012 - 13:31
Interior Minister Alain Berset, who is also in charge of health matters, hailed the plan as a good compromise aimed at boosting transparency and providing better protection of insurers and clients.
The proposals – which are subject to approval by parliament – foresee a bigger role for the Federal Health Office in supervising insurance companies and in ordering changes in annual premiums.
The cabinet also presented a method to partly even out financial inequalities totaling SFr1 billion ($1.1 billion) among clients of health insurance companies in different cantons.
The bill, which was presented on Thursday, is the latest in a series of health insurance system reforms begun more than ten years ago.
Voters will have the final word in June on the planned introduction of a system of managed care that would promote networks of doctors to reduce increasing health care costs.
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