Health insurance premiums to rise 1.5% on average


Health care costs to rise by 2.8%, lower than recent annual increases averaging 3.3% GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss health insurance premiums will rise by 1.5 percent on average for an adult in 2013, the federal Health Office announced Thursday 27 September. Increases vary from one canton to another, in a range of 0.5 to 4.4 […]

Kids glasses and contact lenses reimbursement is back

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health has announced that as of 1 July 2012, money spent purchasing eyeglasses and contact lenses for children up to age 18, are once again being reimbursed as part of the Swiss basic medical insurance. Federal Councillor Alain Berset decided to reintroduce the reimbursement as part […]

How to describe stools to your doctor

I burst out laughing, as you probably will, when I saw the link to this site from a friend on a health care forum. On reflection I  decided it’s one of the most useful things I’ve seen on the Internet in a while. Anyone who has digestive problems, or an aging parent with them, or […]

280 women could have defective silicone gel breast implants

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – At least 280 women who had breast implants in Switzerland may have received silicone prostheses intended for industrial and not for medical use, confirms Swissmedic, which overseas medical product safety in the country. Swissmedic confirmed a story that Swiss public radio, RSR, broke 31 January during its morning show, On en […]

Swiss health insurance to drop eyeglasses coverage in 2011 (update)

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Opticians in Switzerland are unusually busy this week, reports 24 Heures, but it’s not thanks to Christmas shoppers: this is the last chance to get reimbursed CHF180 towards your new eyeglasses or contact lenses by your health insurance company. Starting 1 Janaury 2011, a series of health care cost-cutting measures for […]

Geneva, Lausanne researchers find narcolepsy autoimmune link


Geneva / Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A team of doctors and scientists in the Lake Geneva region, working with researchers from France and The Netherlands, have for the first time been able to confirm the “presence of identified and autoreactive antibodies in human narcolepsy.” Nacrolepsy is  a sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and […]