Health and insurance
Basel is the leading healthcare centre in the north-western Switzerland and the Upper Rhine area. The university and pharmaceutical city has top-class medical facilities to ensure a seamless health care and staged care for the elderly appropriate to their needs. In an emergency, and in cases of accident, damage or loss, the Swiss population appreciates the uncomplicated assistance and material support provided by one of the many local health insurers, property and life insurances.
The health system in the Canton of Basel-Stadt provides a very high standard of care in every respect: A large number of state-run and private-sector hospitals, as well as old people's homes and nursing homes provide treatment, health care and support for injured, ill and elderly patients, private doctors’ surgeries and pharmacies leave no gaps in the system.
The University Hospital Basel is one of Switzerland's leading university medical centres. It offers treatment in all medical fields, but specialises in transplantations, care for cardiovascular patients, multiple sclerosis and HIV therapy, as well as running a state of the art maternity clinic. As in other medical disciplines, specialists for oncology offer surgical and non-surgical treatments for all types of tumours. The University Hospital has one of the largest urological clinics in Switzerland.
University Children's Hospital of the two Basels
The University Children’s Hospital of the two Basels is an independent, university centre of excellence for child and adolescent medicine. It has been located at the Spitalstrasse 33 in Basel since the beginning of 2011, and replaced the two existing sites on the Bruderholz (BL) and at the Römergasse 8 (BS). The Basel Children's Hospital ensures the best possible holistic care and treatment and care of the sick children according to age and development.
A number of private hospitals also offer medical services. The largest are St. Claraspital, Merian-Iselin Hospital and Bethesda Hospital. The largest medical centre in the neighbouring Canton of Basel-Landschaft is Bruderholzspital, which is used by many people from Basel. Doctors from all disciplines and highly qualified nursing staff provide the best possible care.
Old people's homes and nursing homes
More than 40 old people's homes and nursing homes are distributed throughout Basel-Stadt, while specialist organisations offer home-care services. Some 60 ambulance staff are always on duty, and can be called up using the emergency telephone number 144.
The emergency pharmacy at Petersgraben 3 (opposite the university hospital) is always open outside regular opening hours.
Opening hours of the emergency pharmacy:
- Monday to Friday, 6.30 p.m. to 8 a.m.
- Saturday from 4 p.m. through to Monday, 8 a.m.
- open round the clock on Sundays and bank holidays
Railway station pharmacy Wenger
Is located in the SBB Railway Station by tracks 1 – 4, and is open 365 days a year from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
MNZ – the official 24 hour emergency response centre of the MNZ foundation
Tel. +41 61 261 15 15
Free of charge for calls from Basel, Basel Land, Dorneck-Thierstein and from lower Fricktal:
- Medical advice and information from trained, experienced healthcare specialists.
- Contact details provided for general medical practitioners, dentists, paediatricians, specialists, pharmacies, Spitexpress etc.
- Arrangement of emergency assistance (including use of emergency transport and paramedic services).
- Home emergency call devices: greater safety at home (by subscription). Ask your doctor!
- Deposit a living will and retrieve it securely in an emergency.
Around the clock. Calls charged at local rates. Free advice and arrangement of emergency assistance. Charitable organisation supported by the Canton of Basel City and Basel Land municipalities.
The Swiss like to be insured against every risk, and, in principle, everything can be insured. You will find the most common types of insurance listed below.
Health insurance is mandatory in Switzerland. People choose and pay it privately, however. The basic benefits are defined by federal law, every insurance company must include them in their basic package. Insurance companies are obliged to accept everyone for the basic package, although they can reject applications for extra benefits (for example, for 1st or 2nd class hospital accommodation). The monthly premiums vary from company to company and from canton to canton. In order to reduce the premiums, patients can opt to pay some of the health costs themselves, or to see a doctor approved by the insurance company.
Personal liability insurance
One can be exposed to a great variety of potential liability risks in one's day-to-day life. Damaging third-party property or injuring another person establishes an obligation to pay compensation. Compensation claims can be extremely high when individuals are involved. The «Privathaftpflicht-Versicherung» (personal liability insurance) protects the policy holder against such financial risks.
Household contents insurance
Losses caused by fire and natural disasters, theft, water and broken glass are risks to which household property is exposed at all times. The «Hausrat-Versicherung» (household contents insurance) protects furniture and personal effects against such risks.
Motor vehicle insurance
The «Motorfahrzeug-Versicherungs-Police» (motor vehicle insurance policies) can be tailored to meet the particular requirements of any individual. Third-party liability insurance is obligatory, and covers injuries to persons and damage to property. Partial vehicle insurance provides cover against fire, theft, damage caused by natural events, collisions with animals etc. Fully-comprehensive insurance policies extend cover to include collisions involving the policy holders own vehicles.
Legal expenses insurance
Non-lawyers often find it difficult to safeguard their legal rights. In the event of disputes with neighbours, with employers, with tour operators or in the event of road accidents, the «Rechtsschutz-Versicherung» (legal expenses insurance) acts as a partner in the interests of policy holders.