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With over 1.9 million insured parties, we are Switzerland’s leading health and accident insurer. It all began in 1899 with the foundation of the Helvetia health insurance fund.

Helsana – Committed to life

We are committed to the health and quality of life of our customers. We provide advice and coordinate with the objective of offering the best quality of care in every health situation. With innovative services and products we offer individual support for a healthy lifestyle. As a shaper of the Swiss healthcare system, we therefore work to ensure a sustainable, high quality, competitively organised and customer-friendly healthcare system. Helsana Insurance Company Ltd is not listed on the stock exchange, and is organised as a holding company. With over CHF 6.7 billion in earned premiums, the company is one of the leading providers in the Swiss insurance market with a workforce of more than 3,300 employees in Switzerland. With a wide range of products and services in the areas of basic, supplementary and accident insurance, as well as daily sickness benefits, Helsana protects 2.1 million people against the financial consequences of illness, accidents, maternity and long-term care in old age. We develop insurance solutions to mitigate the economic consequences of illness or accident-related occupational absences for more than 60,000 companies and associations with a total of approximately 700,000 insured persons.

 

History

"As the saying goes, a jug can be brought to the well until it breaks. Today is the day it will break!" exclaimed a disgruntled member at the general meeting of the Allgemeine Schweizerische Krankenkasse in 1899. This vote of discontent led to action. 83 people attended the founding meeting of Schweizerische Krankenkasse Helvetia on 10 December 1899.

Today, the Helsana Group insures nearly 1.9 million people. Once a traditional health insurer, the Group has developed into a full-service provider of personal insurance for private individuals and companies – with a premium income of 6.5 billion Swiss francs. But one thing hasn't changed since the company was founded back in 1899: the idea of doing things better.

  • 1899 Helvetia founded as a health insurer in Zurich.
  • 1914 Helvetia is recognized under the Swiss Health and Accident Insurance Act (Kranken- und Unfallversicherungsgesetz).
  • 1928 The number of Helvetia members passes the 100,000 mark.
  • 1952 The health insurer Artisana is established as a society in Bern.
  • 1971 The number of Helvetia members passes the one million mark.
  • 1991 Helvetia takes over the health insurer Progrès.
  • 1996 Helvetia and Artisana found Helsana Versicherungen AG on 1 January 1997.
  • 2003 Sansan and Avanex are founded.
  • 2006 Helsana takes over the health insurer Aerosana.
  • 2008 Establishment of Maxi.ch.
  • 2010 Progrès and Aerosana merge on 1 January 2011.
  • 2010 The HSK organisation (Helsana, Sanitas and KPT) for purchasing outpatient health and inpatient hospital services is formed.
  • 2016 Maxi.ch merges with Avanex.
  • 2017 Merger of Avanex with Helsana and Sansan with Progrès.

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