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New bid launched for single health insurance

Centre-left political parties, trade unions and consumer groups have launched a new initiative for a single health insurance company in order to cut costs.

This content was published on January 31, 2011 - 15:34
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Under the proposal, one public company would offer compulsory basic insurance, campaigners said on Monday.

“The current system with more than 80 providers is costly, bureaucratic, lacks transparency and is no longer capable of a quality health service,” said Erika Ziltener, head of the initiative’s committee.

It is estimated that a single insurance would lead to a “decrease of several percentages in premiums” and help stabilise costs.

Campaigners are optimistic that voters will support the initiative, despite the rejection of similar proposal at the ballot box four years ago.

“People see the problems of rising costs more clearly now and we do not propose the introduction of premiums based on income and wealth,” said Social Democratic parliamentarian Marina Carobbio.

Campaigners have 18 months to collect at least 100,000 signatures to force a nationwide vote. The initiative is part of the Social Democrat election platform for next October.

Another initiative, launched by a group of doctors, is also underway to separate basic and complementary insurance.

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