Healthcare Resources in Switzerland

General ICU Wealth Gender Datasets



4.4 hospital beds
for 1000 inhabitants

2.26 doctors
for 1000 inhabitants

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# Beds
# Doctors

What is the difference between the number of certified ICU beds at the beginning of the soft lockdown and the recent numbers listed by the Swiss Armed Force?

Normalized by density

Does the number of resources grow with the number of inhabitants and canton's wealth?

One might assume that as the population per canton grows, so too would the availability of hospital beds and doctors. However, the correlation isn't as straightforward. For example, when it comes to the number of doctors, we observe a disparity between the blue and red bubbles, where the reds represent the "rich" cantons and the blues represent those with a GDP per capita equal to or below the average. In this case, the red slope is steeper than the blue one, indicating a more significant increase in resources per inhabitant for the wealthy cantons.

In terms of both resources, Zürich and Basel-Stadt stand out as outliers. Basel-Stadt, despite having fewer than 200,000 inhabitants, boasts the highest GDP per capita and the most resources, with its figures far surpassing the trend observed in other red cantons. On the other hand, Zürich, with Switzerland's largest population, exhibits a number of resources more closely aligned with the blue trend, despite its high GDP per capita

# Beds
# Doctors
GDPpc radius

What is the gender repartition in healthcare practitioners ?

Between 1985 and 2005, 81% of women, compared to only 19% of men, obtained diplomas in healthcare. What's even more striking is the gender gap between high-paying and low-paying jobs in the field. Over the course of a decade, 93% of women pursued careers as caregivers, nurses, and midwives, while only 38% pursued diplomas to become dentists or doctors. While salary equity is often cited as evidence of gender equality within an industry, access to high-paying positions should also be considered for transparency. Despite strides in this direction, it remains more challenging for women to secure top-management positions and enter "prestigious" occupations. The following interactive data visualization aims to illustrate this disparity in healthcare studies. It's important to note that in the dataset, gender was treated as a binary variable.


[1] Professions de la santé selon le sexe: diplômes délivrés depuis 1980
Federal Statistical Office FSO - 2007
Used for the bipartite graph (Gender). The dataset spans over 20 years (1985-2005), enabling the analysis of trends over time. By plotting the male/female ratio for each job category, we can observe that the gender gap is decreasing over the years for doctors and dentists, but remains stagnant or even widens for nurses, caregivers, and midwives. Another intriguing aspect of this dataset is that all categories include columns for both male and female, except for midwives. It raises the question: is it true that no men studied in this field before 2005, or is it merely a result of gender-biased terminology within the dataset?

[2] Regional comparison of selected indicators 2020
Federal Statistical Office FSO - 28.01.2020
Used for the map (General) and the bubble chart (Weatlh). This dataset contains information per canton, including indicators such as population density, gross domestic product per capita, and health sector data such as the number of beds and doctors per inhabitant. The number of beds per inhabitant corresponds to the total number of beds, encompassing intensive care, acute care units, clinical beds, and psychiatric beds

[3] Liste zertifizierte (anerkannte) Intensivstationen
Swiss Society for Intensive Care Medicine (SGI/SSMI) - 23 March 2020
Used for the bar chart (ICU)

[4] Near-real time monitoring of intensive care occupancy (IES system)
Health Geography and Policy Group, ETH
Data collection by the Swiss Armed Force - 13 May 2020
Used for the bar chart (ICU)

[5] TopoJSON from Switzerland
Courtesy of the EPFL course COGN-480
Used for the map (General)