If you are self-employed, you must organise your insurance yourself in order to avoid gaps. This applies for example for the accident insurance. Furthermore, it is important to think about the future – for example, with a life insurance – in order to supplement the benefits of the AHV/AVS and to protect your immediate family against the financial risks in the event of a death.
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Responsibility for yourself and your immediate family
As a self-employed person, you are no longer compulsorily insured against accidents. However, in order to be protected against the consequences of an accident, you have two possibilities:
- You can take out an optional insurance within the framework of the Swiss federal law on accident insurance (UVG/LAA/LAINF). This way, in the event of an accident, you will receive the same benefit as with the obligatory accident insurance.
- You can also take out daily accident allowance insurance. However, such an insurance covers only the loss of wages, and not the medical expenses. Therefore, if you choose this solution, you will have to include the accident cover in the obligatory health care insurance.
* With periodic premiums, the payout is always income tax-free. With a one-off premium, the payout is income tax-free if the requirements for provision have been met.