Coronavirus: health insurance arrangements

Depending on the development of the epidemiological situation, the Federal Council temporarily strengthens measures against the coronavirus. This also affects the arrangements relating to compulsory health and accident insurance.

Cost coverage for outpatient services and inpatient treatment

During the 'extraordinary situation' that was in effect from 16 March to 21 June 2020, the FOPH published temporary recommendations and guidelines regarding cost coverage for certain outpatient services and inpatient treatment. These were revoked when the situation level was downgraded. Since autumn 2020, the FOPH has periodically reactivated or extended these recommendations and guidelines, or parts thereof, depending on the epidemiological situation and the measures taken by the Federal Council to contain the coronavirus. The fact sheets on outpatient and inpatient services were last valid from 20 December 2021 to 31 March 2022 resp. from 1 January 2022 to 30 April 2022.

Previous factsheets


Since 25 June 2020, the federal government has assumed the costs of outpatient molecular biological analyses (e.g. PCR) and immunological (serological) analyses for antibodies for people meeting the FOPH's criteria for suspicion, sampling and reporting. Since 2 November 2020, the federal government has additionally assumed the costs of immunological analyses for Sars-CoV-2 antigens and Sars-CoV-2 rapid tests.

The federal government’s testing strategy has been continuously adapted over the past months to take account of the development of the Covid-19 pandemic. On 16.02.2022, the Federal Council took further decisions. The changes will enter into force on 17.02.2022. Further information can be found in detail in the following document: «Faktenblatt: Coronavirus: Kostenübernahme der Analyse und der damit verbundenen Leistungen (ab 16.02.2022)». The document is available in German, French and Italian.

Previous factsheets

Further information

Measures and ordinances

Measures to date, legal provisions, ordinances

Contact information and links

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 04.05.2022

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