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Swiss healthcare system: Expensive and good

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This piece  in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at how the Swiss healthcare system combines  a strong emphasis on individual responsibility with community solidarity.

It concludes:

“Overall, the Swiss healthcare system is costly and has room for improvement, particularly in terms of accountability for the quality, appropriateness, and cost of health care services. Yet by and large, it has served the Swiss population very well. The combination of ‘liberalism,’ in the classic European sense {personal responsibility}, and solidarity — of respecting choice, autonomy, and individual responsibility while not letting anyone in need of health care suffer or die for lack of financial resources — seems to work, at least for Switzerland.”

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