TARPSY: A New System of Remuneration for Psychiatric Hospitalization in Switzerland

Andres R. Schneeberger, Eva Spring, Bruce J. Schwartz, Tim Peter, Erich Seifritz, Eduard Felber, Simon Hölzer

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As financing mental health care is becoming more challenging, governments are progressively introducing new remuneration systems. At the beginning of 2018, Switzerland introduced TARPSY, a new tariff system based on diagnosis-related psychiatric cost groups that takes into consideration ratings of severity and complexity. TARPSY is expected to provide incentives for medically and economically meaningful treatment, increase transparency, and improve the quality of the provided services by triggering competition between hospitals. Yet some fear that TARPSY will lead to an economization of mental health, encouraging a reduction in length of stay and medically indicated treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1056-1058
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Financing/funding/reimbursement
  • Foreign psychiatry
  • Health care reform
  • Mental health systems/hospitals
  • Public policy issues
  • lump sum fees
  • per case flat rates
  • tariff structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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