The vast majority of Liechtenstein citizens would like to have their own hospital, Health Minister Mauro Pedrazzini explained when presenting the project for the new building and highlighted a survey conducted in 2011 after Hospital-No. Further, Pedrazzini argued that it was unreasonable to continue investing money in an outdated hospital in Vaduz. A clear majority of 56.2 percent were convinced of this and they voted on Sunday for a loan of CHF 65.5 million for the new hospital building.
This majority voted differently from Prince Hans-Adam II, who stated in an interview before the vote that owning a hospital was not a crucial feature for a sovereign state. Prime Minister Adrian Hasler also advocated for the new building and said in a recommendation for a vote: "We must secure the future in such a way as to ensure access to basic medical care in Liechtenstein and to offer patients a hospital offer."
Winning the ruling parties
In nine of the eleven communities, a majority existed for the new hospital (see below). In Schaan and Planken alone, most voters believed that a new building was not needed. The influence of State Deputy Harry Quaderer was clearly visible in these two communities. The 2011 construction project had a referendum gebodigt, but now the majority of the population cannot reach a decisive judgment. From a party-political standpoint, the two ruling FBP and VU parties are among the winners, while the independents under the leadership of Harry Quadrer have a silencer. The free "green alternative" list, which was advertised for various reasons for declining bills, also received a refund.
Opponents did not want to compete with the Grabs
Independents and Greens advocated their negative stance, the new hospital construction set a false sign for regional cooperation in the hospital sector. This signals to Grabs Hospital that it should rather compete than cooperate. The Greens have even gone a step further in their recommendation to vote "No" as the new building rules out cooperation with Grabs Regional Hospital, though development is in the direction of hospital cooperation. "
Health Minister Pedrazzini, on the other hand, said the Vaduz hospital "does not follow an aggressive competitive strategy," as its new opponents claim. Instead, Liechtenstein with Vaduzer Hospital would have the option of treatment either in their own country or at a neighboring regional hospital. Pedrazzini was pleased with the clear vote result and said the hospital strategy could continue after the voter’s decision. In contrast, the independent Quaderer CEO had to admit that his rejection had achieved a majority. However, in his view, the mandate of the Vaduz Hospital and its cooperation with Grabs Hospital should be checked as soon as possible. The Quaderer expects that changes could still be made to the region's hospital in the next few years.
Vaduz contributes seven million
Liechtenstein voters have favored a new hospital, which is estimated to cost CHF 72.5 million. As Vaduz municipalities contribute CHF 7 million from Spitalbaufonds as a location municipality, voters only had to opt for a loan of CHF 65.5 million. The new building, designed to provide only single patient rooms, has been envisioned as a regional primary care hospital for Liechtenstein, including an ambulance. The hybrid model will continue with the Chief Physician and Surgery office and physicians for other medical services. As an option, the establishment of the acute geriatrics and repatriation unit for the delivery ward, which closed in 2014 for cost reasons and was transferred to Grabs Hospital.
Results of municipalities under review:
- Boards – 56 percent no
- Gamprin – 53.5 percent that
- Schellenberg – 56.7 percent that
- Triesenberg – 68.5 percent that
- Ruggell – 56 percent that
- Ash – 54.5 percent that
- Mauri – 51.1 percent that
- Triesen – 58.2 percent that
- Schaan – 51.7 percent no
- Vaduz – 62.4 percent that
- Balzers – 55.8 percent that