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Sustainable Financing of Psychosocial Services for Refugees


A high percentage of asylum seekers suffer from mental health problems due to the situation in their country of origin, the migration process or post-migration stress factors. International literature shows that psychosocial services (if necessary in combination with outpatient psychiatric therapy) are much more effective for this target group than, for example, inpatient therapy in a psychiatric clinic. Unfortunately, it is often unclear who should pay for such psychosocial services. This Policy Brief describes the challenges this poses for those affected and the various parties involved, and formulates the following recommendations:

i) Promote financing solutions with cantonal involvement

ii) Increase transparency for providers and case managers

iii) Establish transparency on the costs of health and social care for refugees and potential savings


SLHS Lead: ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, School of Management and Law, Winterthurer Institut für Gesundheitsökonomie

Author: Mélanie Stamm

Policy Brief (available in German): Download PDF

Key Messages: German, English, French, Italian

Summary of Stakeholder Dialogue (available in German): Download PDF


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