Watchdog targets health and public services

The new price regulator has called for tighter controls of pharmaceutical products and pledged to examine fees on water and waste disposal.

This content was published on January 22, 2009 - 11:48

Stefan Meierhans said one of his priorities for 2009 was to create greater price transparency for consumers regarding state-run services as well as private companies.

Meierhans urged the interior ministry to extend the comparison of drugs prices to low-price countries and to introduce more regular checks.

He said the pharmaceutical industry had a special responsibility as it was exempted from increased competition through cheap imports from European Union countries.

Last year parliament decided to allow parallel imports of some goods currently protected by patent in Switzerland, but medical products still remain shielded.

Meierhans, who succeeded Rudolf Strahm in October, also pledged to launch a survey of prices for crèches.

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

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

Sort by

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

Discover our weekly must-reads for free!

Sign up to get our top stories straight into your mailbox.

The SBC Privacy Policy provides additional information on how your data is processed.