TarMed is the name of the tariff system for all doctors throughout Switzerland, which was introduced in 2004. It encompasses about 4,000 tariff positions, which label and assess services provided by doctors. TarMed unifies tariffs for social insurance as well as all cantonal medical tariffs. Aside from fee-for-service tariffs in the area of outpatient treatment, about a third of the tariffs concern inpatient services, for which flat rates are applied. The Federal Council's approval with regard to TarMed only applies to fees for medical services governed by the Health Insurance Act. The pricing of medical services with TarMed is calculated consistently throughout Switzerland with so-called tax points. However, the amount of remuneration per tax point varies from canton to canton.