The Swiss Times - Swiss News in English

Groupe Mutuel Might Leave Santésuisse

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 16 March 2024

Groupe Mutuel’s CEO Thomas Boyer discusses the possibility of leaving Santésuisse, advocating for unity in health associations for the benefit of premium payers.

Groupe Mutuel Might Leave  Santésuisse
Keystone/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Switzerland’s third-largest health insurer, Groupe Mutuel, is considering leaving the health insurance association Santésuisse, according to its CEO Thomas Boyer. He told the newspaper “Le Temps” on Saturday that it was important for there to be only one association.

Today, there are two umbrella organisations – Santésuisse and Curafutura – that are in opposition to each other and approach parliament in different ways. In the current situation, competition is not appropriate. Groupe Mutuel has a market share of around 10 to 15%.

At the end of last year, the Bernese health insurer KPT announced its withdrawal from Curafutura. Boyer can imagine Groupe Mutuel leaving the rival association in order to put pressure on this situation.

The Groupe Mutuel boss reiterated his rejection of a single health insurance fund in the fight against rising premium costs. They would be deprived of the only means of optimising their premiums a little.

Boyer: Restrict Benefits Catalog

The introduction of a single health insurance fund has been rejected twice in referendums. However, according to a survey by Ipsos Switzerland, 60% of the population were in favour of such a radical system change.

According to Boyer, a change of system would achieve little, as it would only address 5% of the costs in the healthcare system. In his opinion, the catalog of services should be restricted, hospital planning should be reconsidered and the attractiveness of the profession of general practitioner should be increased.

For Boyer, who earns over 700,000 francs a year, a reduction in management salaries is out of the question. He argued that such an adjustment would mean a reduction in premiums of just four cents per month.

©Keystone/SDA

Most Read

Sunday, March 3rd – Weekly Round-Up

3 March 2024
Sunday, March 3rd – Weekly Round-Up
Switzerland's milk price debate heats up, tractor numbers rise despite fewer farms. Legal battles over CS dismissed on technicalities.

Swiss Company Allegedly Circumvented Russia Sanctions

8 March 2024
Swiss Company Allegedly Circumvented Russia Sanctions
A Swiss company faces investigation by the Attorney General's Office for allegedly bypassing trade sanctions imposed on Russia.

Caravan Standoff in Lausanne Leads to Police Intervention

8 March 2024
Caravan Standoff in Lausanne Leads to Police Intervention
In a bid to avert another caravan conflict in Vaud, police halt 60 vehicles near Lausanne, reflecting ongoing tensions over unauthorized traveler settlements.

How Switzerland may fast-track naturalization for expats

3 March 2024
How Switzerland may fast-track naturalization for expats
Switzerland is a country of expats, but not because they don't want that coveted red passport. Becoming a citizen is famously challenging -- something a voter referendum may soon change. 

Stay in Touch!

Noteworthy

Swiss Air Flew With 0 Passengers Because Of German Strikes
Swiss Air Flew With 0 Passengers Because Of German Strikes
13 March 2024
Council of States: Deportation Plans & Stricter Refugee Regulations
Council of States: Deportation Plans & Stricter Refugee Regulations
13 March 2024