Bill Steigerwald writes in Townhall.com, How The Swiss Do Health Care:
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
You never hear it touted by the media but Switzerland uses market forces, not government rules and red tape, to create a private, affordable, high-quality health-care system for its 7.5 million citizens. And it spends 40 percent less per capita than we do.Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
On its face, of course, the Swiss health-care system appears to be vastly preferable to all others. There is one severe problem with this conclusion, however. These statistics do not take into account the superior hardiness of those bearing Swiss genetic stock. The Swiss just don't need much health care at any price. Swiss Army knives don't even carry warning labels. Nary a one of their sharp, pointy, and toothy widgets have protective covers or 357 pages of safety instruction. It's those foreigners (mostly French) that are driving up the costs that exist there.
Swiss ruggedness is also well documented in the annals of European history. Hitler did not invade Switzerland during WWII knowing that, as he put it, "They'd kick our Aryan patoots all the way to Dusseldorf." Benito Mussolini echoed Adolf's feelings, "We didn't want Italy to end up in the geographic shape of a ballet slipper."