The Health Monitor has been a source of reliable information on the relationship of Swiss voters to the healthcare system in Switzerland since 1997. Every year about 1200 representatively selected voters are polled by the research institute gfs.bern on behalf of Interpharma. To allow comparison of the results from one year to another, most of the questions remain the same over the years.
In 2016, transparency on the quality of hospitals remains an important issue for voters: 82% of respondents would like to know the quality data before opting for treatment in a hospital or clinic, and 75% believe publicly accessible quality data would improve the quality of treatment in hospitals. For the first time, a majority of 62% (+21 percentage points) also take the view that good-quality hospitals should receive financial rewards out of the public purse, while poor-quality ones should be penalized. At the same time, cost awareness has increased compared with the previous year, which has led for example to a more critical view of physician density: 60% see a direct correlation between physician density and rising premiums. The high degree of satisfaction with the Swiss healthcare system is almost unchanged.