High costs: healthcare and eating out

Voters clearly rejected initiatives to create a single health insurance scheme and a level VAT playing field for restaurants and takeaways in a nationwide ballot on September 28, 2014.

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Issue at stake: Single health insurance
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Issue at stake: VAT on eating out
Key facts

Final results:

Single health insurance company:

38.2.% yes 61.8% no

Unified VAT rate in catering industry:

28.5% yes 71.5% no

Turnout: 46.7%

About 170,000 citizens, notably Swiss expats, were eligible to vote online. Nearly 26,000 of them – 15.2% - used the opportunity to take part in ongoing trials with e-voting, according to the Federal Chancellery.

An estimated 5.2 million Swiss citizens were eligible to take part in the nationwide vote - the third in a series of four ballots this year.

Up to 162,000 of them, mostly registered members of the Swiss expatriate community, were able to have a say online as part of an ongoing trial with e-voting.

Apart from the nationwide ballot, numerous votes on a variety of issues were scheduled in many cantons and at a local level on the same day.