SWITZERLAND - Medical Device Industry and Demographic Information

Capital city: Bern

Total area: 39769 km²

Population: 7.9 million

Structure of population:
0-14 years: 15%
15-64 years: 68%
65 years and over: 17% (2011 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
Male: 80 years
Female: 84 years

Currency: Swiss Franc

Language: German, French, Italian

Healthcare expenditures total (% of GDP): 11.4%

Healthcare expenditures per capita: $7185 (USD)

Expenditures on healthcare:
Government: 59%*
Private: 41%**

Number of hospitals: 392

Healthcare financing: There are about 26 self-governing administration units (cantons) that are in charge of its own regulation, hospital accreditation, and funding. Thus the 26 health systems slightly differ from one another. Inpatient care is reimbursed on the base of DRG system and per diem payments. Although AP-DRG was nationally adopted, the tariffs differ canton to canton. Outpatient and short stay inpatient care are paid by a fee-for-service system. The payments of primary healthcare are based on fee-for-service system determined through a point value system. Out-of-pocket payments are high in Switzerland relative to most of European countries.

Medical device industry: Swiss medical market is highly sophisticated market that was valued at $3.3 billion in 2006. The international trade is export-led, $5.6 billion worth medical devices were exported and $1.9 billion imported in 2006. The local production was estimated at $7.8 billion in 2007. Opportunities: highly advanced technology and devices that contributes to reduce the length of hospital stays. The following medical devices have the best potential: cardiology equipment, medical software, monitoring and intensive care equipment, home-care devices, diagnostic systems, IVD, orthopedics, surgical consumables.

* Government expenditures include all spending on healthcare passed through governmental agencies regardless of the funding source. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.
** Private healthcare expenditures include private medical insurance, direct out-of-pocket payments by the consumer and other non-governmental sources. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.