Recently, Swiss exit polls showed that the country is not interested in dumping the all private system.
A recent poll has shown that 64 percent of voters in Switzerland chose not to support the plan to eliminate the current health insurance system in the country that is completely privatized in favor of a strategy that is state run.
This was discovered through an exit poll that was conducted on Sunday among the voters.
The state run health insurance system was being pushed by parties with left leanings that claim that the current private program is too hard on the household budgets of the average person. The poll was conducted by gfs.bern. If the system had shift to public control, it would have represented a massive health care reform in the country. At the moment, the country’s coverage program is considered to be greatly efficient and is often applauded for that reason by other countries. However, at the same time, it is leading to local frustration as costs continue to rise.
There has been a 125 percent increase in health insurance premiums over the last two decades.
This, according to Michel Matter, an ophthalmologist in the country. He also stated that in Switzerland, there has an 80 percent growth in health care costs. Matter, who is also the head of the Geneva Physicians Association, said that “This is not possible anymore. It has to change.” His hope is to be able to eliminate the current system.
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Those who had been backing the drive for a state controlled insurance program have stated that this is the only way to be able to stop the rapidly increasing premiums and to guarantee that they are used with transparency and efficiency. The referendum a few days ago has occurred after health care reformers were able to accumulate more than 100,000 signatures, the required number for holding a popular vote and which plays a regular role in the direct democracy in Switzerland.
As almost two out of every three voters rejected the plan for the new health insurance system, pro-reform campaigners have taken a serious blow. This is particularly the case as recent polls had shown that they had expected that number to be closer to 54 percent. There has clearly been far less progress in that direction than had been expected since the 71 percent seen in the 2007 referendum.