The Swiss health system is one of the most expensive in the world. Swiss people also have among the longest life expectancies. So can we assume there is a correlation between money invested by a country, and citizen health? We show here that there is indeed a link. However, for developed countries like Switzerland, the relationship between expenditures and benefits for citizen health is much less clear.
It has become a ritual. Each autumn, the Swiss authorities announce a new increase in health costs and, consequently, health insurance premiums. These have increased enormously over the last two decades, to the point of becoming a real burden for part of the population.
Perhaps it is small consolation for those insured, but there is a correlation between healthcare expenditures and life expectancy, one of the simplest indicators of the health of a population. The statistics presented below show that developed countries have massively increased their spending on health issues since 1970, and that life expectancy has followed the same upward trend, with varying degrees of success.