On 21 June 2023, the government published figures on the direct health costs of the Covid pandemic. During 2020, 2021 and 2022, the federal government spent CHF 4.9 billion, the cantons up to CHF 2.9 billion and health insurers as much as CHF 1.4 billion. The CHF 9.2 billion total comes out at more than CHF 1,000 per resident.
Most of the money was spent on Covid tests (CHF 3 billion) and vaccination (CHF 2 billion). Increased hospital capacity to cope with Covid patients consumed much of the rest.
The money spent at a cantonal level by cantonal governments and insurance companies was estimated to be between CHF 3.6 billion and CHF 4.3 billion so the total was between CHF 8.5 billion and CHF 9.2 billion.
These pandemic costs are behind the sharp rise in average health insurance premiums in 2023, said the report. In addition, catching up a back log of operations put on hold during the pandemic has pushed up current spending and premiums.