Coronavirus: health insurance arrangements

In response to the coronavirus pandemic the Federal Council had declared that an extraordinary situation exists in Switzerland. Among other things this had an impact on arrangements relating to compulsory basic health and accident insurance.

Cost coverage for outpatient services and inpatient treatment

When the ‘extraordinary situation’ ended on 21 June 2020, the temporary recommendations and guidelines issued by the FOPH regarding coverage of the costs for certain outpatient services and inpatient treatment were revoked. Since then, a ‘particular situation’ under the terms of the Epidemics Act has existed in Switzerland. In view of the development of the epidemiological situation, the FOPH has taken up this issue again and updated the fact sheets listed below (in german, french and italian only).


Due to the acceleration of the Covid-19 pandemic, the rules for the coverage of the cost of analyses on Sars-CoV-2 and related services will be adapted. From 2 November 2020, the costs of immunological analyses for Sars-CoV-2 antigens in persons who meet the FOPH’s criteria for suspicion, sampling and reporting of 28 October 2020 will also be covered by the Confederation in accordance with Covid-19 Ordinance 3. The analysis for Sars-CoV-2 antigen by means of a rapid test may be carried out in doctor’s offices, laboratories, pharmacies, hospitals and in test centres operated by the canton or on its behalf. Until 1 November 2020, the rules for the coverage of the costs for analyses for Sars-CoV-2 as set out in the fact sheet of 18 September 2020 still apply.

Previous factsheets

Further information

Measures and ordinances

Measures, easing of measures, conditions for reopening, permitted events or activities, still prohibited, criminal provisions, explanations

Contact information and links

New coronavirus: Infoline phone numbers, links to federal and cantonal authorities, and other useful websites

Downloads in various languages

Information campaign ‘Protect yourself and others’: posters, videos and instructions in different languages, incl. those of Switzerland’s migrant population

Last modification 24.12.2020

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