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Healthcare Policy and Cost Containment: Consultation with Healthcare Agencies in the Swiss Cantons

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Author(s): Anhorn P

Journal: Revue m├ędicale de l'assurance maladie
ISSN 0767-2004

Volume: 34;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 267;
Date: 2003;
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Keywords: Switzerland | cantons | cost-containment

ABSTRACT
Switzerland is a federal state composed of 26 sovereign cantons. Each canton elaborates its own health policy and, in addition to applying federal regulations, implements its own cost-containment measures. Here we present the results of a survey performed in May 2002 by using a questionnaire sent to healthcare authorities in each canton. Accordingly, we were able to ascertain the cost-containment measures they implemented and assess the intensity, legitimacy and to a certain extent, the potential success of their cost-containment initiatives.

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