Correspondent: Lars Hemkens

The standard premiums for Swiss mandatory health insurance for adults age 18 and older will increase on average by 4.0 percent in 2018, the Swiss government announced — more than the 3.7 percent per year seen over the past 10 years. Premiums for children and for young adults ages 19–25 years will increase even more, by 5.0 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively. These average increases do not reflect regional variation, however. Eight cantons will see a smaller increase of only 3.0 percent for adult premiums, while four cantons will see a full 5.0 percent increase.