Getting Down with the Swiss
The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and Health Care For All are co-sponsoring a public forum: “Universal Coverage and Individual Mandate in Switzerland: Lessons for Massachusetts” on Friday, June 22, 2007 from 9:45am-11:30am at Gardner Auditorium in the State House in Boston.
Featured speakers include the former President of the Swiss Confederation and former Domestic Affairs Minister, Ruth Dreifuss, and noted Swiss journalist, Beatrice Schaad Noble. Switzerland implemented an individual mandate for health insurance coverage 12 years ago.
Swiss health insurance is decentralized with private insurance and subsidies for families and individuals with low incomes. The Swiss have a plan very similar to what is being implemented in Massachusetts, but they have a big head start. This will be an opportunity to learn from the Swiss experience.