What we stand for / Smart State


Switzerland spends around 12% of its GDP on healthcare costs. No other European country has as high health spending as we do. Volt wants to change that and ensure high-quality care for everyone.
At the same time, we want to make the system fairer and place more responsibility on the individual and their decisions. People who choose unhealthy or harmful lifestyles should make an appropriate contribution.

  • Introduce an efficient uniform health insurance provider
    The aim is to create an efficient national health insurance provider that provides statutory benefits for all people and is financed through an income-dependent premium or directly through taxes. Centralisation eliminates many of the currently redundant costs of health insurance companies, such as marketing or personnel costs, which are currently passed on to the insured.

  • Negotiate fair drug prices
    A bigger, more centralised insurance provider is able to negotiate fairer drug prices with manufacturers. Currently, patients in pharmaceutical Switzerland often pay a massively higher price for the same medication compared to Germany or France. Swiss insured persons should not have to pay more for medication than other Europeans.

  • Improve working conditions for nursing staff
    The working conditions of nursing staff should be massively improved by reducing working hours and increasing wages, thereby making the professions more attractive. The financial reward and appreciation of these professions should finally reflect the value they bring to society as a whole.

  • Create accessible mental health services
    Access to mental health services should be massively simplified. Everyone should have easy access to psychological counselling at all ages. At the same time, the stigma of mental illnesses should be minimised through campaigns.

  • Offer free menstrual products and contraceptives
    Menstrual products and contraceptives should be made available to everyone free of charge. Free advice and prevention campaigns on health-damaging behaviour or sexually transmitted diseases should also be massively expanded.

  • Increase tobacco taxes
    Despite the known health damage, around 24% of the population in Switzerland smokes. Among 15 to 24 year olds, it is even 26%. We want to further increase tobacco taxes in order to reduce the number of smokers.

  • Increase alcohol taxes
    Alcohol is the most common drug and is also widely consumed in Switzerland. In order to reduce consumption and, above all, abuse, we want to further increase alcohol taxes.

  • Increase VAT on unhealthy foods
    In order to reduce the consumption of unhealthy foods, we want to increase VAT on products with high levels of saturated fatty acids, trans fats and processed sweeteners. In addition, we want to reduce subsidies for such unhealthy foods.

  • Create price reality for animal products
    Since the footprint of animal farming is extremely large compared to other food sectors and we consume far more animal protein than necessary, we want to introduce fair prices for these products. The retail price of animal protein needs to be fairer or set at a more realistic level to take into account externalities such as the burden on health systems and environmental damage. We need to eat less but better quality animal protein.

  • Promote healthy eating
    Plant-based alternatives must be made more affordable with funding from subsidies from agricultural policy. Vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, mushrooms and algae must (re)gain their central role in our eating habits.

The 5+1 challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental challenges that need to be addressed in every European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 challenges?

The 5 challenges are essentially the same for each country, but their implementation can be adapted at the national level to take into account local circumstances.

Challenge No. +1 - our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU - is identical in all our national programs. Here in Switzerland, our relations with the EU are the focus.

Take a look at our Europe-wide programme!
  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy is the engine for the progress of society.

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No one should be left behind - regardless of gender, income, religion or origin.

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe must live up to its responsibility in the world to secure our common future.

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    European citizens must be able to make informed political decisions, independently influence politics beyond elections and exercise their democratic rights.

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.