Switzerland Case Study

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Which country has the best health care in the world? Well according to Business Insider, Switzerland ranks as number three in the world (Martin, 2017). As of 2016, Switzerland’s population was estimated to be a little over eight million people with a growth rate of 0.7%, a birth rate of 10.5 births per 1,000, and a death rate of 8.2 deaths per 1,000. When broken down by age the population looks approximately as follows: zero to fourteen is 15.1% (51.5% male, 48.5% female), fifteen to twenty-four is 11.11% (51.1% male, 48.9% female), twenty-five to fifty-four is 43.46% (50.2% male, 49.8% female), fifty-five to sixty-four is 12.37% (50.0% male, 50.0% female), and sixty-five plus is 17.96% (43.9% male, 56.1% female) The average age of the…show more content…
Unfortunately, Europe has been experiencing an outbreak of measles this year. Switzerland is among the countries with the most cases, perhaps because their immunization of the population has dropped below the 95% recommendation. Children without the vaccination are the at the highest risk of measles which can cause death (“Measles Outbreak Across Europe,” 2017).

5.1% of GDP for education (CIA)
An estimated 6.6% of the population lived below the poverty line in 2014

(“Switzerland,” 2017). With such high education rates and low poverty perhaps it’s not surprising that the contraceptive prevalence rate in 2012 was at 72.9% with an average of a mother’s first birth at such a high number of thirty years old (“Switzerland,” 2017).

As Bnbalenda writes, “Switzerland has a universal health care,” (2011). In 1996, the Federal Health Insurance Law planned to introduce universal coverage. The Swiss health care structure is mainly decentralized along with being public and private. One part of the public system is the mandatory health insurance (MHI), which is financed by the general taxation. Residents by law must purchase MHI within only three months of arriving in Switzerland. Unlike the United States where attaining health insurance through an employer is common, insurance policies in Switzerland are not. According to Sturny this leaves, “…virtually no uninsured
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