tourism in Switzerland

As one of the world's most developed nations in the world and a country of matchless scenic beauty, Switzerland has always attracted visitors from all over the world. It is also a country that has maintained neutral relations with other countries; making a popular and attractive travel destination. When we add to this the fact that the country’s healthcare system that ranks amongst the best in the world, it’s no wonder that medical tourism in Switzerland is well developed.

Unlike several other medical tourism destinations in the world, it is not the cost factor that attracts people to this European nation for treatment. The cost of living and medical treatment in Switzerland is admittedly very high. Instead, it is the very high quality of treatment, highly trained medics and availability of procedures that may not be available elsewhere that keeps people coming into Switzerland for medical treatment. Switzerland attracts some of the top medical talent not only from Europe, but also from all over the world. Tourists from Russia, Brazil, the Middle East, China and other parts of Asia looking for the highest quality of care opt for medical treatment in Switzerland. Another factor that encourages people to travel for medical treatment to Switzerland is the discretion that the Swiss are well known for. For this reason, medical tourism in Switzerland continues to grow at the annual rate of about 5%. About 30,000 people visit Switzerland each year for various treatments.

The facilities in cities such as Geneva, Zurich and Berne are very highly regarded. The most popular medical treatment in Switzerland includes orthopedics, neurosurgery, fertility treatments, cosmetic procedures as well as medical spa treatments.

Brief About Healthcare System and Professional Organizations in Switzerland


Switzerland is known to have an excellent healthcare system with over 11% of the GDP being devoted to healthcare. People here enjoy universal healthcare with the system geared towards general wellbeing and prevention. The system consists of public, subsidised private as well as fully private care providers. The infrastructure for providing treatment for medical tourists is also highly developed.

One of the reasons that many choose medical tourism in Switzerland is because of the high ratio of doctors and nurses to patients. While there are about four practicing doctors per thousand patient, there are 17.4 nurses per thousand people approximately. This means that Switzerland has the highest nurse density among 27 nations examined by a study; which translates to an excellent standard of medical care.

Even traditionally, medical treatment in Switzerland has been a popular option. For over a century, the country has been known for its relaxation centres and spas; where the wealthy from all over the world would arrive for relaxation and recuperation. Now people arrive here not just for technically advanced medical procedures and world renowned doctors, but also to avail complementary treatments and to enjoy the scenic splendour of this picture postcard country. A well-developed medical tourism industry guides visitors; offering the chance to receive the best treatments and enjoy the most memorable tourist experiences at the same time.

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Pros & Cons Traveling to
Switzerland For Medical Treatment


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Climatic Seasons

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Tourist Spots/Cities

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    Near Zurich
    • Lake Zurich – for boating & swimming
    • Grossmünster – Landmark 12th-century cathedral
    • Fraumünster – 11th-century church with Chagall windows
    • Uetliberg – Mountain, lake & Alps views
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    Near Geneva
    • Jet d'Eau – Famous fountain and city landmark
    • St. Pierre Cathedral – 12th -century cathedral in mix of styles
    • Palace of Nations – The United Nations building & park
    • Reformation Wall – Historic wall celebrating Calvinism
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    Near Bern
    • Federal Palace of Switzerland – Assembly building with a domed hall
    • Zytglogge – Mechanical clock tower & astrolabe
    • Bärengraben – Park for brown bears, the city's symbol
    • Aare – Rhine tributary, canyon and waterfall; swimming and rafting
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    Near Locarno
    • Madonna del Sasso – Catholic sanctuary and pilgrimage centre
    • Visconteo Castle – Medieval castle and archeological museum
    • Lido Locarno – Water park and lake
    • Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular that winds through stunning locales

Cuisine and Culture

Switzerland is of course well known for its chocolates and cheeses. Those who visit for medical treatment in Switzerland often shop for these to carry back home with them. As for the cuisine of the country, it is influenced by Italian, German and French cuisines and also features dishes typical to Switzerland. Dishes made from potatoes and cheese, the famous Zürcher Geschnetzeltes, which consists of veal and mushrooms in a cream sauce, cheese dishes such as fondue and raclette, pizza and pasta are some of the popular indulgences.

Swiss culture features a lot of diversity. Since the country is surrounded by several other countries and their respective cultures, the Swiss imbibe from all of them. French, German and Italian are all widely spoken and are the national languages of Switzerland. The country has a strong sporting culture; particularly in skiing and mountaineering. Yodeling and the alphorn are some of the folk arts while Swiss watches, cowbells and Swiss army knives are some of the icons of the nation.

Best Time To Visit

There is no particular time recommended for medical tourism in Switzerland. However the most popular months for visiting are July and August when the most tourists visit the county. If one wants to avoid crowds, one may want to avoid visiting at this time. The spring and autumn months are also good options since the weather is relatively mild and the foliage is beautiful. Some parts of Switzerland are snow bound through the year and there is great climatic variation within the country from one to another region.

Travel/Safety Tips For Switzerland

  • Though Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world, there are certain simple precautions people visiting for medical treatment in Switzerland can take.
  • Be careful in public places, particularly popular tourist spots during the busy season
  • Leave valuables, large amounts of cash in a safe place rather than carrying these around
  • Be careful in pubs, bars and crowded clubs
  • The weather is fickle and can change swiftly. Make sure to check the weather forecast and carry an umbrella, warm jacket or sunscreen as required
  • Also heed avalanche warnings and other weather advisories
  • It is always a good idea to bring along a companion when travelling for medical tourism in Switzerland
  • Carry all relevant medical certificates and documents
  • Be careful about high altitudes and take precautions against altitude sickness
  • Be sure to buy requisite health insurance before travelling to Switzerland
  • Obey traffic rules since fines are steep
  • Carry some form of ID along

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Documents You Need
To Carry/Legal Requirements

  • A valid passport along with copies of previous passports and visas if any
  • Duly applied for and obtained Swiss Schengen visa for medical purposes
  • All relevant medical records, diagnostic reports and physician references if any
  • A confirmed return ticket for all travellers
  • Proof of sufficient funds to pay for stay and treatment
  • Hotel reservations
  • Civil status proof (particularly in case of assisted fertility treatments)
  • Letter or certificate from Swiss hospital or physician
  • Contact numbers in case of emergency
  • Valid travel insurance of the requisite amount
  • No immunisations are required to enter Switzerland
  • Proof of identify for all travellers including patient

Frequently Asked Questions for Medical Treatment in Switzerland

For well over a hundred years, Switzerland has earned a reputation for providing some of the best medical treatments, wellness and recuperation facilities in the world. Today it has one of the most sophisticated and highly developed healthcare systems in the world, attracting some of the best medical talent from all over the world; offering advanced, cutting edge treatment for a range of specialities.
The fact is that medical treatment in Switzerland is quite expensive; more expensive even than neighbouring European nations. As one of the most developed nations in the world, cost of living is high here. However, since Switzerland also has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, people with the means choose to get treated here. The doctor and nurse to patient ration is very favourable and medical tourists are assured of the highest quality of care here.
Switzerland is known for its highly refined banking system, its precision clock making facilities and its cheese and chocolate making traditions. There are plenty of non-strenuous options for people visiting Switzerland for treatment.
Having some of the most sought after tourist spots in the world, this is something that most medical tourists opt for; health permitting. The stunning Alps, beautiful lakes, historical monuments and picture postcard perfect villages of Switzerland make for a most memorable holiday.
People visit Switzerland for cosmetic procedures, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgical procedures, assisted conception treatments, obesity surgery. In addition a wide range of medical spa treatments are available here.
The country is known to have a low crime rate even among the developed nations and one study found that it is among the top ten safest countries in the world.
This depends upon the area of Switzerland that you plan to visit and the time of visit. Since the weather can change quickly, it is advisable to carry warm clothing. If a visitor plans to do any trekking, skiing or other activity while there, it is advisable to pack accordingly.
It can be a good idea to engage the services of a travel agent and/ or a medical facilitator if you opt for medical treatment in Switzerland. Not only would they make bookings, reservations and appointments for procedures and consultations, they would also help amend bookings/ make cancellations if necessary.
While French, German and Italian are the official languages of Switzerland, a significant proportion of people also speak English. Your medical facilitator would also help to arrange for interpreters if necessary.
Switzerland has an excellent public transport system that is known to be among the most reliable in the world. Places in Switzerland are well connected by efficient, clean and user friendly systems.
If one is visiting for assisted fertility treatments such as IVF, in some cases treatment may only be provided to married couples. After treatment, care instructions will be provided which visitors should follow closely for best outcomes.
In spite of the above information, if you still have queries about medical tourism in Switzerland, costs and availability of treatments, you can call us. Reach out to us at MediGence (contact information below) to speak to our medical representative about medical treatment in Switzerland, surgical procedures, spa treatments, cosmetic procedures etc.

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