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

Klinik Hirslanden

Websitewww.hirslanden.ch
Address: Witellikerstrasse 40, 8032 Zurich

Klinik Im Park

Websitewww.hirslanden.ch
Address: Seestrasse 220, 8027 Zurich

Kinderspital Zurich Eleonorenstiftung

Websitewww.kispi.uzh.ch
Address: Steinwiesstrasse 75, 8032 Zurich

Schulthess Klinik Zurich

Websitewww.schulthess-klinik.ch
Address: Lengghalde 2, 8008 Zurich

Triemli Hospital

Websitewww.stadt-zuerich.ch
Address: Birmensdorferstrasse 497, 8063 Zurich

University Hospital Zurich

Websitewww.en.usz.ch
Address: Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich