Rates and invoicing
Before you are admitted to hospital, contact your insurance provider for information regarding the financial coverage for your stay. If your health insurance fund or your insurance company covering supplements for private services do not provide a guarantee of coverage, or if you live abroad, you will be required to provide a down payment equal to the estimate of the costs you will incur during your stay.
You must in any case provide a copy of the insurance certificate from your health insurance fund or from your insurance company. Any individual who is resident in Switzerland must be affiliated to a health insurance fund (basic insurance). This compulsory insurance may be supplemented by complementary insurance policies which individuals are free to take out or not. The information provided below does not cover such complementary insurance policies. To clarify any financial issue, please contact the admissions office of the institution in question.
Valais Hospital Rates and invoicing
The rates applied by Valais Hospital are the result of negotiations with health or accident insurers. They vary depending on the place of residence of the patient, on the type of insurance and on the type of treatment.
The different rates
For outpatient treatment, billing is done according to the national tariff structures, on a fee-for-service or flat-rate basis.
For in-patients cared for in acute somatic institutions, the ‘SwissDRG’ flat rate per case system has been in use since 2012 to determine how the stay is invoiced. With this system, each stay in hospital is classed according to the type of condition and invoiced at a flat rate on the basis of specific criteria, such as the main diagnosis, additional diagnoses, and treatments, among others.
For inpatients treated in rehabilitation and psychiatry, billing is based on national tariff structures, i.e. service-related daily rates.