In 2019, 3.3% of the Swiss population went without healthcare services for financial reasons (men 3.0%, women 3.6%). Figures between 2015 and 2019 are relatively stable.

This indicator is part of the Monitoring System Addiction and NCD (MonAM) of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

All population groups should have equal opportunities to access healthcare and to achieve the best life expectancy. Particular attention is to be given to children and young people, people on a low income or with a poor educational background as well as older people and migrants. Nevertheless, some population groups frequently make insufficient or inappropriate use of necessary healthcare services. Affordable access to the healthcare system’s services for the sick, disabled and socially vulnerable is therefore one of the goals of the strategy of the Federal Office of Public Health.

The indicator shows the percentage of the population not making use of medical or dental healthcare services for financial reasons although such care is necessary and would help in the planning of appropriate measures.

Definition

This indicator is based on data from the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC).

Persons interviewed (aged 16 and over) indicated whether in the past 12 months they had not visited the dentist for a check-up or had not had appropriate treatment, or whether they had not visited the doctor or had not had appropriate treatment although this was necessary. Persons answering yes are asked for the main reason for forgoing treatment or visits. The first of the eight possible answers is “for financial reasons”.

As of 2014, the sample for the SILC survey is taken from the new sample frame for the person and household survey (SRPH). This means that people without a fixed telephone line can now also be included in the survey. As a result, the weighting model was modified and improved in particular by the inclusion of new register data. In 2015 the survey tool was adapted in line with Eurostat and persons were first asked whether the treatment or check-up was really necessary. They were then asked why they had forgone treatment or visits.  For this reason, the values from 2015 onwards cannot be directly compared with earlier ones. This is indicated in the graph by means of a line.

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Last updated

02/23/2021