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In-depth studies

In the context of their “Sustainable health system” project, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences commissioned among other things a study on the “Efficiency, utilisation and financing of the health care system”. One of the results of the study was the finding that in various cost-intensive areas, the extent of misallocation can only be roughly estimated; moreover, the necessary transparency was lacking. Against this background, the Academies have commissioned four in-depth empirical studies since 2013, three of which were conducted by the Institut für Hausarztmedizin – IHAM (Institute for family practitioners) of the University of Zurich in collaboration with Helsana AG. 

The executive committee of the SMB in its meeting of December 2017 decided, in the same way as the initiative launched by SAMW, to commission in-depth empirical studies with the objective of demonstrating statistics for alleged misprovision of care and, at the same time, to deliver crucial bases for the identification of subjects for HTA studies. The studies are carried out by university institutes in collaboration with health insurance companies. 

The results of four in-depth studies are available:

In the summer of 2020, the Expert Council dealt intensively with the data situation on COVID-19. With the aim of making information on the outcome of COVID-19 patients available to the Swiss population, it commissioned the scientific secretariat to collect the relevant data. The survey was carried out in collaboration with the Swiss Society for Intensive Care Medicine and other stakeholders. However, it was not possible to set up a corresponding information system for advanced care planning because the necessary data had not been released. The key points of the project are summarised in a short report.