Assessing Equity

How can equity in healthcare be measured? The FOPH supports research projects that shed light on various facets of disadvantage in healthcare. The findings obtained can be used as a basis for optimisation.

When studying health equity, average values on quality and access often paint a deceptively positive picture. New methods are needed to identify social gaps and inequalities. Several recent studies provide facts and figures on this topic.

Indicators on Healthcare Equity

To ensure health equity, it is necessary to evaluate data on a regular basis. Various projects show which indicators could be used for this purpose.

Assessing equity in hospitals

Under what conditions is it possible to assess the quality of the Swiss healthcare system in terms of equality of opportunity? The PRIORITY study, coordinated by Geneva University Hospital and Unisanté Lausanne, provides answers to this question based on pilot studies in three hospitals.

Please note that Appendixes 6 and 7 are also available in German, French and Italian. All other appendixes are only available in English.

Hospital readmissions and deprivation

Hospital readmissions are often avoidable and indicate health disparities. A study by Unisanté Lausanne examines the situation in Switzerland in this context.

Forgoing Healthcare

A research team from the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) investigated the forgoing of medical and dental care in Switzerland. It was found that socioeconomically disadvantaged people forgo these health services more frequently.  

Further information

Health Equity

Our health system must be accessible to all, regardless of language, origin, social status or educational level.

Health Literacy

We are committed to exploring and empowering the health literacy of the Swiss population. The results of the Swiss Health Literacy Survey show that there is potential for improvement.

Last modification 12.12.2023

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