Switzerland: Medical tourism profile

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Facts & figures

Capital: Bern
Population: 8.59 million
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Medical tourism

Within this section, you will find published information on medical tourism numbers, our estimate of inbound and outbound medical tourism, and IMTJ news and external news that provide estimates of medical tourism activity in Switzerland.

The IMTJ estimates for Switzerland are based on the information that we gather and our view of the validity and credibility of this data. It is our view of what the real number of medical travellers is likely to be i.e. the number of patients who specifically travel for the primary purpose of healthcare. “No data available” means that there is insufficient information to be able to make any kind of realistic estimate.

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Facts and figures

General information

Capital:BernSource: UN Data, 2019
Population:8.59 millionSource: UN Data, 2019
Main languages spoken:German, French, ItalianSource: Infoplease, 2020
Main religion:ChristianitySource: Infoplease, 2020
International dialling code:41
Internet domain:.ch
Gross National income (GNI) per capita:72,390 USDSource: The World Bank, 2017-2020

Tourism data

International inbound tourists:Login to viewSource: The World Bank, 2016-2018
International outbound tourists:Login to viewSource: The World Bank, 2016-2018

Population profile

Life expectancy (male):Login to viewSource: UN Data, 2015
Life expectancy (female):Login to viewSource: UN Data, 2015
Population over 65 (% of total population):Login to viewSource: The World Bank, 2017-2019
Population ages 80 and above, female (% of female population):Login to viewSource: The World Bank, 2017-2019
Population ages 80 and above, male (% of male population):Login to viewSource: The World Bank, 2017-2019

Healthcare workforce

Physicians (per 1,000 people):Login to viewSource: The World Bank, 2014-2018
General medical practitioners:Login to viewSource: WHO Europe, 2010-2014
Specialist medical practitioners:Login to viewSource: WHO Europe, 2010-2014
Nurses and midwives (per 1,000 people):Login to viewSource: The World Bank, 2015-2018
Dentists:Login to viewSource: WHO, 2001-2019

Healthcare expendature

Current health expenditure per capita:Login to viewSource: The World Bank, 2014-2017
Healthcare expenditure as a % of GDP:Login to viewSource: UN Data, 2015-2017
Domestic general government health expenditure as a % of total government expenditure:Login to viewSource: UN Data, 2015-2017
Domestic general government health expenditure per capita:Login to viewSource: The World Bank, 2014-2017
Domestic private expenditure on health as a % of current expenditure on health:Login to viewSource: WHO, 2017

Healthcare provision

Health centres (per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: WHO, 2013
District / rural hospitals (per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: WHO, 2013
Provincial hospitals (per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: WHO, 2013
Specialised hospitals (per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: WHO, 2013
Total hospitals (per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: WHO, 2013
No of hospital beds (per 1,000 people):Login to viewSource: The World Bank, 2012-2015
CT scanners (per 1m people):Login to viewSource: OECD, 2015-2019
MRI scanners (per 1m people):Login to viewSource: OECD, 2015-2019
PET scanners (per 1m people):Login to viewSource: WHO Europe, 2011-2014

Healthcare activity

Hospital discharges:Login to viewSource: WHO Europe, 2017-2019
Coronary angioplasty procedures (per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: OECD, 2017-2019
Hip replacement procedures (per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: OECD, 2017
Knee replacement procedures (per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: OECD, 2017
Cataract surgeries (per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: Eurostat, 2018
Average length of stay in hospitals:Login to viewSource: OECD, 2015-2019
Bed occupancy rates:Login to viewSource: WHO Europe, 2010-2019

Health profile

Breast cancer: Female mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: WHO , 2016
Prostate cancer: Male mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: WHO , 2016
Ischemic heart disease: Male mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: WHO , 2016
Ischemic heart disease: Female mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 people):Login to viewSource: WHO , 2016
Deaths due to HIV/AIDS:Login to viewSource: WHO , 2019
Prevalence of Obesity:Login to viewSource: WHO, 2016

Cosmetic surgery

Number of plastic surgeons:Login to viewSource: ISAPS, 2018
All cosmetic procedures:Login to viewSource: ISAPS, 2016-2018
Total surgical cosmetic procedures:Login to viewSource: ISAPS, 2016-2018
Total breast procedures:Login to viewSource: ISAPS, 2016-2018
Total cosmetic face and head procedures:Login to viewSource: ISAPS, 2016-2018
Total non-surgical cosmetic procedures:Login to viewSource: ISAPS, 2016-2018

Obesity surgery

Number of bariatric operations performed:Login to viewSource: IFSO, 2019

Healthcare system and insurance

Within this section, you will find details of how the healthcare system in Switzerland is set up and operates and how state and privately funded health insurance work.

Healthcare system

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