Child Health Care in Switzerland

J Pediatr. 2016 Oct;177S:S203-S212. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.04.056. Epub 2016 Sep 22.


We provide an overview of Swiss child health care, describe the organizational structures of primary care services and hospital care in pediatrics, and analyze such significant challenges as the decline of the number of primary care physicians in communities and the economic and regulatory pressures on hospitals. We also offer thoughts and ideas for future directions, initiatives, and innovations to ensure that each child achieves the best possible health and quality of life, which is the ultimate goal of health care professionals. New developments should be promoted from a position of strength because Swiss pediatrics is well positioned, and its future remains bright.

Keywords: children services; economics; statistics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Health Services*
  • Child Health*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Switzerland