Switzerland: Buy your medicine abroad and pay less – Switzerland

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Thomas Boyer, new boss of the health insurance Groupe Mutuel, believes that those insured with a Swiss medical prescription should be able to go and buy their medicines where they are cheaper, therefore in neighboring countries.

Alternatively, he is convinced that the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) should be able to negotiate for lower prices, he said in an interview published Tuesday in the daily Le Temps.

Spending on drugs in Switzerland increased dramatically between 2010 and 2018, soaring by 46%, according to a recent medication report by insurer Helsana.

In 2018 alone, drug costs for insurance reached a record level of CHF 7.6 billion.

Among the most expensive treatments in 2018, antivirals came in third with 445.5 million francs, while immunosuppressants (1.12 billion francs) and anticancer drugs (729.8 million) represented the most expensive treatments. more expensive, almost a quarter of total spending. (Ps / nxp)

Created: 02.25.2020, 12:34 p.m.

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