Merger of four health insurers to form the SWICA Healthcare Organisation:
- OSKA, Eastern Switzerland health insurance fund; founded in 1870, based in St. Gallen
- ZOKU Swiss health and accident insurance fund, founded in 1922, based in Zurich
- SBKK, Swiss occupational health insurance fund, founded in 1943, based in Winterthur
- Panorama health insurance fund, founded in 1989, based in Winterthur
Establishment of 15 health centres throughout Switzerland and promotion of primary care models
SWICA launches comprehensive insurance offering for businesses (daily sickness benefits and accident insurance)
Establishment of professional SWICA Care Management
GLOBAL CARE, the insurance offering for Swiss citizens living abroad permanently or for a substantial period, is launched.
SWICA reaches the milestone of 1 million insured persons.
The sante24 health advice helpline is introduced.
SWICA continues to develop its health centres and strengthens its basic care offering through agreements with medical and partner practices.
SWICA’s health centres become independent companies under the name of santémed Health Centres Ltd.
The cooperation between SWICA and PROVITA is strengthened: PROVITA is integrated into SWICA Group.
A 70% stake in santémed is sold to Migros subsidiary Medbase to enable more rapid expansion of the health centres.
SWICA is the first health insurer to introduce a pharmacy model: With the MEDPHARM basic insurance model, insured persons can first contact a TopPharm pharmacy or call santé24. Going to a doctor – if necessary – is then only part of a second step. The model aims to counter the trend of rising healthcare costs.
The Swiss santé24 telemedicine service gets a licence. This means that santé24 doctors can now prescribe medication and issue sick notes in digital form, for example.