Health chief calls for 100 hospital closures
Switzerland has almost a third too many hospitals, according to Thomas Zeltner, the outgoing director of the Federal Health Office.
Zeltner, who will retire at the end of 2009, said in an interview on Swiss television that the country needs to close 100 of its 350 hospitals and that the remainder need to specialise.
While Swiss residents benefit from a dense network of hospitals and do not have to travel far even for specialised treatment, the system is expensive and will have to change, Zeltner believes.
Zeltner, who has served 19 years as head of the Federal Health Office, also expressed concern about the expected ten per cent average rise in health insurance premiums next year.
swissinfo.ch and agencies
In compliance with the JTI standards
More: SWI swissinfo.ch certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative
Contributions under this article have been turned off. 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 email@example.com.