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Basic insurance is mandatory for all residents of Switzerland and ensures that everyone has access to basic medical care relating to illnesses, accidents and maternity.
Supplementary insurance, on the other hand, is voluntary and provides benefits that basic insurance (mandatory cover) does not cover or only partially covers. When it comes to complementary medical care, fitness, vaccinations, dental treatment and glasses, among other things, supplementary insurance from SWICA not only enables you to extend your cover to suit your needs but also makes you eligible for attractive contributions towards health promotion and prevention measures.
There is a basic distinction between two categories of supplementary insurance: Supplementary outpatient health insurance and supplementary hospitalisation insurance.
A hospitalisation policy provides supplementary cover that, depending on the plan, offers you more choice in the hospital or the doctor who treats you and provides additional comfort and preferential access to top-quality medicine.
As basic insurance is mandatory in Switzerland, every resident must have such a policy and insurers are obligated to accept anyone who applies for basic cover.
Unlike in the case of basic insurance, health insurers can choose who to accept into the supplementary insurance. In order to be accepted for supplementary insurance, prospective insured persons must complete a health questionnaire. This makes it possible for the health insurer to decide whether to accept, reject, or accept conditionally an application for supplementary cover (e.g. as in the case of pre-existing conditions). Important: Do not terminate your contract with a previous insurer until you have received confirmation of acceptance from the new insurer.
No. In principle you can have basic and supplementary cover from different health insurers. However, there are advantages to combining both types with SWICA.
SWICA and PROVITA are the only health insurers which apply co-payments from their basic insurance to SWICA's supplementary plans, which means the maximum annual cost to policyholders is substantially lower than it would be with other health insurers.
Basic healthcare insurance includes benefits as laid out in the Federal Health Insurance Act (KVG). Accordingly, all health insurers in Switzerland must offer the same basic insurance benefits.
The benefits for supplementary insurance are subject to the Federal Insurance Contract Act (VVG), which prescribes only the basic aspects of the cover but not the individual benefits. Therefore, benefits will vary from insurer to insurer.
In addition to the STANDARD model (free choice of doctor), SWICA offers five alternative FAVORIT models with varying premium discounts. This means you benefit from the best value for money and save up to several hundred francs a year. The difference with a STANDARD basic insurance plan is that the insured person can choose where to go, while the scope of the cover remains the same. The premiums for basic insurance vary depending on the model, region, age, and excess amount.
Our basic insurance plans:
SWICA's supplementary insurances enable you to extend your basic cover based on your individual needs and make you eligible for attractive contributions to health promotion and prevention measures. This means you can get additional benefits for hospitalisation, complementary medical care, fitness, vaccinations, glasses, etc. Some of SWICA's supplementary plans are available only in combination with other types of cover, thus enabling you to optimally cover your needs. With the BENEVITA bonus programme, you also can influence the premiums for your HOSPITA and COMPLETA TOP supplementary plans when you participate in the health challenges.
Our HOSPITA hospitalisation plans:
Other supplementary plans from SWICA:
SWICA's premium calculator provides you with a quote for first-class insurance cover quickly. It automatically suggests the most suitable package and recommends the most favourable basic insurance model. You can afterwards adapt your choice as you wish.
Furthermore, you can also easily take out basic insurance and other supplementary insurance online.
You can define a new excess amount to come into effect at the beginning of a calendar year. This means observing the following deadlines:
Please note that the instruction to reduce your cover must reach SWICA on the last working day before the specified date.
Basic insurance: You can adjust the model and excess each year with effect from 1 January. For this, you must notify us in writing of the change by 30 November.
Switching from the STANDARD model to a SWICA FAVORIT model or from one FAVORIT model to another is possible during the year, effective from the first day of the following month. If you change your place of residence, you can also adjust your plan during the year.
Supplementary insurance: You can reduce your cover or terminate your contract at the end of the year. The notice periods are as follows:
Increased or extended insurance cover is possible from the beginning of the following month.
You can increase your cover always from the beginning of the following month.
Reducing your cover is possible always at year-end. The notice periods are as follows:
You can reduce or terminate your supplementary insurance at year-end. The notice periods are as follows:
Please note that you must give notice in writing.
To enable us to terminate your mandatory healthcare insurance, we need confirmation of deregistration from your municipality and the completed "Questionnaire on your deregistration from Switzerland". You will find the questionnaire for your deregistration on the Downloads page under "General - Forms".
Before you deregister or leave the country, please stop by at a SWICA office nearby or give us a call. We would be pleased to show you an insurance plan that offers you financial security and the best medical care abroad.
Choosing an alternative basic insurance model allows you to benefit from attractive premium discounts. In addition, you can further reduce your premium by choosing a higher excess amount. SWICA also offers family discounts for children and young adults, among other optimisation options.
You can reduce your premium by increasing your co-payments, or you can get additional discounts by opting for a HOSPITA FLEX model. With the BENEVITA bonus programme, you also can influence the premium for your HOSPITA and COMPLETA TOP supplementary plan by participating in the health challenges.
Yes, because SWICA and PROVITA are the only health insurers which apply co-payments from their basic insurance to SWICA supplementary plans, which means the maximum annual cost to policyholders is substantially lower than it would be with other health insurers.
By basing its rates for hospitalisation insurance on your age when you join, SWICA factors the time you have been insured into the premium calculation, rewarding you for your loyalty. The premiums that most health insurers charge for hospitalisation cover increase noticeably every five years.
Thanks to partnerships with numerous businesses and associations, their employees and members enjoy group discounts on supplementary insurance plans and annual sports contributions of up to 600 francs. SWICA covers 50% of the costs from your COMPLETA PRAEVENTA supplementary plan, up to CHF 300 per calendar year. OPTIMA supplementary insurance additionally covers 90% of the cost exceeding this amount, up to 300 francs per calendar year. This can result in prevention contributions of up to 600 francs per year.
Thanks to around 100 active4life preferential offers, SWICA customers throughout Switzerland can benefit from discounts and promotions with numerous partners in the health and leisure sector.
The santé24 telemedicine service team of doctors and medical specialists will answer your questions about prevention, illness, accident and maternity on 365 days of the year. This consultation is free of charge for SWICA customers (santé24 is also free of charge for you if you are insured with SWICA through your employer).
SWICA customers benefit from professional local advice, thanks to our approximately 50 locations throughout Switzerland.
If you would like personal advice, please feel free to contact our customer service or your nearest SWICA location.
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SWICA is more than just an insurance company because it provides personal and competent support throughout your life. SWICA is your health partner and supports you in every life situation – from health promotion, to dealing with illnesses, all the way to questions about living well, including having to live with health restrictions.
SWICA regularly gets top ratings for customer satisfaction and image in independent surveys by companies such as Comparis, K-Tipp and amPuls. These distinctions further spur our commitment to providing outstanding client services and best quality care.
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All SWICA customers enjoy the following services free of charge.
SWICA offers you the right insurance cover in every life situation. SWICA customers who take out supplementary insurance can benefit from the following additional services, depending on their plan.