Switzerland: an improvement in treatment refunds for young people with Down syndrome

Publié le 8 Feb, 2016

The Swiss Federal Council has “included Down syndrome in the Appendix to the ordinance concerning congenital infirmities with effect from 1 March 2016”. Consequently, invalidity insurance (II) will cover the medical procedures needed to treat the disorders often associated with Down syndrome, “especially muscle weakness and mental retardation”[1]. II“provides cover up to the age of twenty”. These costs are currently refunded by mandatory health insurance.


The change “will bring financial relief to those insured and their families since II does not impact upon concessions”, unlike mandatory health insurance.


[1] “Other disorders are already included in the list of congenital infirmities”.

Tribune de Genève (3/02/2016)

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