Equality of people with disabilities

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Teaser 14

Unmet needs for medical care

Persons with disabilities forego medical care more often than those without disabilities (6% vs 2%). "For financial reasons, too expensive or not covered by insurance" is the explication most frequently given by the persons concerned.

Teaser 20.08

Disabilities and housing

Almost one in two dwellings is deemed inaccessible or very difficult to access for persons with reduced mobility. Housing conditions for persons with disabilities stand out for their higher financial burden and lower quality. Disabilities limit access to key local services such as shops.

At a glance

The Statistics on equality of people with disabilities compares the quality of life of persons with disabilities with that of persons without disabilities. It considers the progress already made and the work that still needs to be done to fully achieve the equality enshrined in the federal Constitution between persons with disabilities and those without.

Main results
  Persons with severe disabilities Persons with disabilities (total) Persons without disability
Estimated number of persons 1

470 000

1 792 000

*

Educational attainment: upper secondary or higher (%) 2

75.8

84.7

88.9

Persons in employment (%) 3

42.0

68.1

84.0

No risk of poverty (%) 4

75.4

85.5

89.1

Current life (mean satisfaction) 3,5

5.5

7.0

8.0

Use of public transport without assistance with no difficulty (%) 6

66.8

87.9

99.4

* Not indicated because data was not important or applicable.
1 SILC 2015, 19.06.2017 version, SHS 2012, and SOMED 2015. Global estimation, including children and persons living in institutions.
2 SILC 2015, 19.06.2017 version. Part of persons aged 25 to 64 who achieved at least an upper secondary degree (vocational training or general education).
3 SILC 2015, 19.06.2017 version. Population aged 16 to 64 who live in a private household.
4 SILC 2015, 19.06.2017 version. Population aged 16 to 64 who live in a private household. Persons who live in a household with no risk of poverty (threshold at 60% of the median equivalised household income).
5 Average score on a scale from 0 (-) to 10 (+).
6 SHS 2012. Persons aged 15 to 64 who live in a private household.
Sources: SFO – Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), Statistics on Medico-Social Institutions (SOMED), Swiss Health Survey (SHS)

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