Palliative Care Strategy

The National Strategy for Palliative Care was implemented by the federal government from 2010–2015. The government introduced measures in a number of areas, including education, care delivery and awareness-raising.

The Confederation and cantons have promoted palliative care in Switzerland in a national strategy. From 2010 to 2015, numerous measures were introduced in relation to care delivery, funding, raising awareness, education, research and voluntary work. A large number of players were involved in the implementing the strategy. Important documents were drawn up (see downloads), establishing a strong basis for promoting and consolidating palliative care in Switzerland.

Palliative care: from the strategy to the platform

In order to continue developing palliative care in Switzerland beyond the term of the strategy, the Discussion on National Health Policy body decided at its meeting on 29 May 2015 to transform the National Strategy for Palliative Care into a platform-type organisation that will hold meetings and events and have its own website. The purpose of the National Platform for Palliative Care is to encourage persons involved in this field to exchange their experiences and expertise and to tackle specific issues and problems. It aims to ensure that high-quality palliative care can be offered to anyone requiring such services according to their needs. The Platform will be launched at the start of 2017.

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