Health insurance: Health insurance card

The advantages of the health insurance card include greater efficiency in the insurer’s invoicing process and improved levels of quality and safety in medical treatment.

The health insurance card used as a billing instrument

Insurers issue the health insurance card at the beginning of the year.

The health insurance card displays visual data and contains data stored on a chip. Service providers can use this information for billing purposes. They can also use the health insurance card to access the insurance company’s online processing system to check whether administrative data is up-to-date. If need be, they can also obtain additional information, such as the term of validity of the card, the insured person’s address, other forms of insurance and supplementary insurance. This simplifies the billing process between the insurer and the service provider.

Further information


La Stratégie cybersanté Suisse 2.0 vise à introduire, le dossier électronique du patient à l'échelle nationale.

Last modification 27.06.2024

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Health and Accident Insurance Directorate
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