Patients seek out medical services regionally

The “Region Report” produced by Helsana shows the extent to which patients seek out medical care by region or by canton. According to the report, patients are not bound by cantonal borders and instead seek out medical care regionally. Care regions are a more realistic way to meet patient needs and better explain people’s behaviour than cantonal structures. Helsana has identified a significant need for intercantonal cooperation for outpatient and inpatient healthcare.

The formation of care regions has been a simmering issue in politics for years. Connected with this is the idea of organising existing healthcare structures more efficiently. The Region Report shows the flow of patients in Switzerland and looks at the extent to which patients sought medical services by region or by canton.

When it comes to medical care, it shows that patients are not bound by cantonal borders. Instead, patients seek out medical services within a much broader area. They mainly seek out basic care, such as the care provided by a primary care physician, locally. But specialised care is focused heavily on centres. In summary, the Region Report notes that care regions explain patient behaviour and existing cooperation networks significantly better. Care regions already exist de facto.

The Region Report is an expression of the commitment by Helsana to create more transparency in healthcare and to initiate a fact-based discussion. The care regions are mainly useful as a tool for making corporate and political decisions. Helsana has identified significant potential in the coordination between cantons to ensure patient-focused healthcare.

The report is available in the national languages of German, French and Italian.

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