“You pay the price of a Porsche to get a VW”.


If the energy crisis is again at the heart of the Sunday press, it is also a question of the quality of care in Switzerland. And Mr Price does not mince his words.

Preisueberwacher Stefan Meierhans praesentiert den Jahresbericht am Freitag, 28. Februar 2014, in Bern.  (KEYSTONE/Lukas Lehmann)
« It is advanced medicine and not the errors of the system which must be financed », asserts Stefan Meierhans. (archives)

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“Not so rosy” care, very high costs

While the mantra affirming that one is well cared for in Switzerland is repeated in a loop, all is not so rosy, affirms Le Matin Dimanche, which cites a study carried out in a Swiss hospital. According to this survey, one out of ten patients suffered an injury during treatment. However, almost half of these cases could be avoided. Between 8 and 15% of patients also experience an adverse drug event during their hospital stay.

For price monitor Stefan Meierhans, « you pay the price of a Porsche to get a VW », while the Swiss occupy the second place in the world for costs, behind the United States of America. « It’s understandable, because we want to offer ourselves cutting-edge medicine, » adds Mr. Prix. “But this is precisely the problem: it is advanced medicine and not the errors of the system which must be financed”.

Dealing with rising healthcare costs

The president of Santésuisse Martin Landolt announces in the SonntagsBlick the creation of a new tariff organization in the health sector, « probably » again this year. “All tariff partners” will take part, he adds.

The new structure must make it possible to face the increase in the costs of health, explains Mr. Landolt. He says he is convinced that costs can be reduced with more packages, supplemented by tariffs per service.

Energy lobbies at the top

With the energy crisis, the energy lobbies are the new masters in the Federal Parliament in Bern, assures Le Matin Dimanche.

The 38 parliamentarians sitting on the two energy committees have a total of 56 links of interest, as members, administrators, delegates, presidents of economic or environmental associations directly affected by the laws drafted in their committee. Some of these mandates are paid, others are not.

Added to this are 27 energy lobbyists who received a permanent access card to the Federal Palace from an elected official. Energy producers, fossil and renewable, now all have a foothold in Bern, adds the newspaper. Environmental organizations are also present.

How to save without losing comfort

The energy crisis could be avoided in Switzerland through savings and large-scale investment in efficient electricity consumption, writes the SonntagsZeitung, referring to a report by the Federal Office of Energy. Private households, companies and municipalities could thus save between 25 and 40% of electricity by 2030, without loss of comfort and only with technical means.

Significant savings are also possible in the short term, notes the report, which points to the many buildings equipped with obsolete household appliances, heaters, water heaters and heat pumps that consume much more electricity than the appliances of the last generation.

Businesses, on the other hand, waste even greater amounts of power because they don’t replace old light bulbs, electric motors, pumps, fans and refrigeration systems. If all the technical means were exploited, it would be possible to save between 14 and 23 terawatt hours per year. Swiss nuclear power plants provide just over 20 terawatt hours of electricity per year.

Months to report information

The Confederation does not know how much electricity and gas is currently consumed in Switzerland, reports SonntagsBlick. The network operators collect the main consumption data at least once a day, but the data does not reach the Confederation until months later.

The electricity sector transmits the data to the Swiss electricity grid operator Swissgrid at the earliest on the tenth working day of the following month, which then sends it to the Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) with a new deadline. . The Federal State does not know how much electricity was consumed last June in Switzerland.

The SFOE only has reliable data up to May. The situation is even worse for gas consumption. The Confederation only receives the corresponding data once a year. She is working on setting up a follow-up, which should be operational by the end of the year.

Oil heating: the big winner

Oil heaters are the big winners of next winter, marked by the energy crisis, estimates the SonntagsZeitung. In addition to the fact that their users do not need to lower the temperature of the dwellings, the related loads are lower than those of heat pumps and gas heaters.

In Zurich, whoever buys fuel oil at the current price pays 660 francs less than to heat the same apartment with gas, the newspaper calculated. In municipalities where electricity prices are rising sharply, oil heating costs are even lower than those for electricity for heat pumps.

Russian tourists do not shun Switzerland

If Russia is at war with Ukraine, this does not prevent its citizens from traveling to Switzerland, reports the NZZ am Sonntag, based on data from Switzerland Tourism. Swiss hotels registered 61,214 overnight stays by Russian tourists until the end of July.

In 2022, Switzerland issued more than 9,000 visas to Russian citizens. Their average stay in Swiss hotels is just over three nights, longer than any other tour group. It is especially wealthy Russians who book holidays in Switzerland, despite the sanctions.

Radioactive waste devalues ​​real estate

Some 800 million francs could be paid to compensate the owners of real estate affected by the radioactive waste disposal project in Stadel (ZH), in the north of the Lägern region, indicates the SonntagsZeitung.

But more distant municipalities could be much more affected by losses in value than the Zurich village. “Within a radius of three to ten kilometres, the loss in value could reach 5 to 10%,” notes a real estate agent in the newspaper. If a property today costs 1.5 million francs, the discount could thus amount to 150,000 francs, calculates the agent, which is based on a study by the University of Bern.

According to the research, real estate located within 2.5 to 4 km of a nuclear power plant, existing or planned, or an intermediate or final nuclear waste storage repository, suffered the largest declines in value. price.

Hans-Ulrich Bigler puts on the UDC jacket

The director of the usam and the former national councilor PLR Zurich Hans-Ulrich Bigler wants to enter the Grand Council of Zurich under his new colors, those of the SVP, writes the NZZ am Sonntag. The UDC section of the district of Affoltern nominated him on September 8 in third position on its list of candidates.

For the Zurich SVP, this election is a test. If Mr. Bigler manages to enter the cantonal parliament in February, he has a good chance of being nominated in the spring of 2023 for the elections to the National Council, explains in the newspaper the president of the Zurich SVP, Domenik Ledergerber.

“I am a candidate for the Grand Council, no more and no less,” however, replies Mr. Bigler, assuring that the party had requested him. Director of the Swiss Union of Arts and Crafts (usam) for 15 years, Mr. Bigler, 64, will leave this position next year. He announced at the end of August that he was leaving the PLR ​​for the UDC.

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