Zurich has public and private medical facilities, but differences between the two are small and expats can be assured of a high standard of care at both. However, health insurance is compulsory in Switzerland, and it isn't state sponsored, so residents have to take out a policy themselves.
Public hospitals are clean and modern, waiting times are almost non-existent and most medical staff speak English. Many treatments are covered by even the most basic government insurance policies, but patients will have to pay extra for specialist procedures.
Waiting times at private hospitals are even shorter than at public facilities, but treatments cost a lot more and are only covered by comprehensive medical insurance policies. There are also a number of private clinics that offer specialist services such as geriatric rehabilitation.
Pharmacies can be found in shopping streets and in the few malls throughout the city. Some pharmacies are open 24/7.
Hospitals in Zurich
Address: Witellikerstrasse 40, 8032 Zurich
Klinik Im Park
Address: Seestrasse 220, 8027 Zurich
Kinderspital Zurich Eleonorenstiftung
Address: Steinwiesstrasse 75, 8032 Zurich
Schulthess Klinik Zurich
Address: Lengghalde 2, 8008 Zurich
Address: Birmensdorferstrasse 497, 8063 Zurich
University Hospital Zurich
Address: Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich