Health equity

Health equity is of great importance. The National Strategy for the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases (NCD-Strategy) and the National Strategy on Addiction and Mental Health focus on this topic in 2018. The question then arises: But what is the situation regarding health equity in Switzerland?

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In all stages of life there are risks that may have a negative impact on health. Scientific studies show that health resources are not distributed equally. “Being poor makes you sick” and “being sick makes you poor” briefly describe the often unfavourable interplay between social determinants of health on the one hand and health behaviour and state of health on the other. Besides the traditional social determinants – such as education, job and income – other factors, such as gender, marital status, migration
background and psychosocial stress in an individual’s professional and personal life can also impact health. The aim of this brochure is to raise awareness and, together with the numerous stakeholders in the municipalities, cantons and at the federal
level, to help reduce inequalities in the access to health promotion, prevention and treatment. This would offer much fairer chances for everyone to enjoy good health.

Health equity: Facts and figures for Switzerland

Further information

National Strategy for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD strategy)

In Switzerland 2.2 million people suffer from noncommunicable diseases such as cancer. A healthy lifestyle would help prevent many of these conditions and reduce their consequences. This is where the NCD strategy and its partners come in.

National Strategy on Addiction

Addiction is a dynamic area of policy that constantly has to respond to new challenges, for example changing patterns of behaviour and trends in consumption.

Health Equity

The federal administration’s programme on migration and health was designed to improve the health literacy of the migrant population and help healthcare professionals deal with patients of different origins.

Last modification 17.09.2018

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Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Division Non-communicable Diseases
Schwarzenburgstrasse 157
3003 Berne
Switzerland
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