The Federal Council’s health policy strategy 2020–2030

On 6 December 2019, the Health2030 Strategy was adopted by the Federal Council. Building on the foundations of Health2020, it also defines new health policy priority areas.

Under Health2020, more than 36 measures have been pursued since 2013, at the federal and cantonal level, to make the health system more responsive to new challenges and to keep it affordable. In collaboration with key health system actors, numerous projects have been implemented, with positive impacts on healthcare in Switzerland. Health2030 builds on these foundations.

The health system remains under pressure, as a result of:

  • rising health costs;
  • an increase in non-communicable diseases;
  • structures overly focused on acute care;
  • shortages of qualified health professionals;
  • a lack of transparency, e.g. concerning costs and service quality;
  • social inequalities, unless they are mitigated; and
  • digitalisation, where limited progress has been made within the Swiss health system.

People in Switzerland have a high life expectancy and good access to healthcare. But, increasingly often, they suffer from chronic, care-intensive diseases at the end of life. Many households find it difficult to pay their health insurance premiums. Depending on their socioeconomic status, they may have unequal health opportunities.

With its health policy strategy for 2020–2030, the Federal Council intends to further improve the system, so that everyone in Switzerland can continue to benefit from high-quality, affordable healthcare. Health2030 sets a framework for action in health policy, providing guidance for all health system actors.

Focus on four most pressing challenges

The health policy strategy for 2020–2030 focuses on the four most pressing challenges:

  • technological and digital transformation;
  • demographic and social changes,
  • maintenance of high-quality, affordable care; and
  • opportunities for a healthy life (environment/workplace)

Goals and measures

Health2030 defines 8 goals and 16 measures for implementation.

Shared responsibility

Health2030 sets the framework for priority activities at the federal level. However, the success of the strategy also depends on the commitment of all other actors. It is thus important that everyone should be committed to the implementation of Health2030.

What are the next steps?

The Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA will plan implementation with the partners concerned. The Health2030 Conference for health system actors will be held on 17 February 2020. At this event, the topic of “Age and Health” will act as a bridge from Health2020 to the follow-up strategy Health2030.

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