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How much does a day in hospital cost ?

All healthcare areas and patients included, a day in hospital costs an average of 1,300 Swiss francs. From 700 Swiss francs in rehabilitation to 5,000 Swiss francs in intensive care, the cost (*) per patient varies depending on the use of the technical facilities and the type of care. 

Chiffres - care85 to 90%

The largest proportion of the costs corresponds to healthcare and those that provide it. For HUG, staffing costs represented 1,417.5 million Swiss francs in 2016.



chiffres - equipment

5 to 8%

From perfusions to robots, surgical lasers to ultrasonic scalpels, HUG counts 38,370 items of equipment inventoried worth a total of 319.3 million Swiss francs. To keep in step with developments in treatments and technologies, they spent 9 million Swiss francs in 2016.


Chiffres - work

549 million

Over and above the 549 million Swiss francs that will be invested in major construction projects by 2017, 11 million Swiss francs were spent in 2016 on real estate maintenance.


chiffres - hotel and catering services


Each patient pays 15 Swiss francs per day as a contribution to the costs of their stay (food and board). This far from covers the direct costs estimated at 122 Swiss francs per day, including 50 for the three meals, 25 for cleaning and maintenance of the premises, 15 for energy (water, electricity, heating) and 32 for other expenses (particularly laundering, provision of linen and surveillance).


chiffres - drugs and supplies

5% on average

A titanium prosthesis, a syringe, a bandage, an implant, a radioactive product, a blood bag, a drug: all of this makes up the operating medical expenses, which came to 191.6 million Swiss francs in 2016.


chiffres - research and teaching188.1 millions

…this was the allowance granted in 2016 by the State of Geneva enabling HUG to provide pregraduate and postgraduate training, as well as clinical research. This sum is supplemented with private or public funds such as the Swiss National Science Foundation or the HUG Private Foundation, which boost research.



(*) Be careful not to confuse the cost of a day and its price, i.e. the amount of the bill sent to the insurance company or patient. The cost is on average double the price billed; the difference is covered by the allowance paid by the State.

Last update : 26/05/2017