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Old 14.01.2015, 21:15
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Hirslanden as well as many other private hospitals accept patients with basic insurance ("allgemein versichert").
Yes, my husband was in a Hirslanden hospital and he only had basic insurance.

… Regardless of the type of hospital, they are not "State" as would be known in the UK, you will still have to pay somehow for your treatment.
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Thank you to everyone who gave feedback on my post from this morning. Its all totally sorted. I was wrong to say that there exists state doctors surgeries...i think concepts are being lost in my translation. I used my card...everything was and is fine. My family are amazing people who are looking after me very well...but thank you for the concern. This is a minor issue im just in discussion with the city hall about...speaking of which, i have received a letter from them accepting my EHIC on the grounds that i show them my au pair contract again and my german lesson subscription. If anything falls through with the EHIC then my host family will be paying for my health insurance; they already have a list of quotes lined up and had done before i got over here.

Thank you again guys xx

Also! The travel insurance that i took out within the UK before my trip here covers me for the year i am here. For i am only a temporary resident in Switzerland and therefore still a British Citizen.

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Old 15.01.2015, 00:14
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Also! The travel insurance that i took out within the UK before my trip here covers me for the year i am here. For i am only a temporary resident in Switzerland and therefore still a British Citizen.
You will always be a British Citizen…. I am a permeant resident in Switzerland, but I'm still a British Citizen, I am however not a British resident.
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Re: State Doctors Surgery?

Whatever. I know what i meant...you know what i meant. Im staying here for a year and a year only so im considered a temp resident. Do people on here enjoy starting debates or like being difficult or just...correcting people constantly?

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Old 15.01.2015, 07:00
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Whatever. I know what i meant...you know what i ment. Im staying here for a year and a year only so im considered a temp resident. Do people on here enjoy starting debates or like being difficult or just...correcting people constantly?

Yep, you got it. When people take the time to respond, you the whole range of judgment, concern and precision. Hope you feel better.
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Of course there are state hospitals!

Every Kantonsspital, every Universitätsspital (in cities with universities), every Stadtspital are state (aka canton) or city owned and are operated by the state! Others are financially supported by the canton.

So in Zurich you find the Universitätsspital where you also find a GP practice office, or the Stadtspital Triemli, or the Waidspital.

All hospitals in canton of Zurich are to be found here: http://www.gd.zh.ch/internet/gesundh...it_unfall.html

Important to know are that you cannot go to a so-called private hospital (well, you can, but then you have to pay more) as long as you are not half-privately or privately insured, since they provide more ammenities, such as the Pyramide, Klinik im Park and the Hirslanden in Zurich!

Any other hospital is called public and fully insured by the basic insurance (excluding your standard contribution).

But there are no 'state' doctors or other medical staff. That's the difference.
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Also! The travel insurance that i took out within the UK before my trip here covers me for the year i am here. For i am only a temporary resident in Switzerland and therefore still a British Citizen.
Temporary resident or not the point is you're a resident and not a tourist so most travel insurances would not cover you. Nor would they be accepted as cover once you've registered as a resident here. Just don't want you to make assumptions that could end up costing you a lot of money when the expected cover suddenly isn't there.

Hope you feel better soon and can get back to enjoying your stay in Switzerland.

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Old 15.01.2015, 09:53
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Whatever. I know what i meant...you know what i ment. Im staying here for a year and a year only so im considered a temp resident. Do people on here enjoy starting debates or like being difficult or just...correcting people constantly?
My Internet telepathy is off-focus lately, and I've had to rely on what people actually type to understand them. Frustrating, really, but it's a handicap I've learned to deal with.
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Whatever. I know what i meant...you know what i ment. Im staying here for a year and a year only so im considered a temp resident. Do people on here enjoy starting debates or like being difficult or just...correcting people constantly?
You might well have thought you lose your British citizenship and gain Swiss citizenship after one year. We don't know you, we don't know how clued up you might be, or how dizzy you might be. If you read these forums regularly, you'll find that people often have the strangest ideas. Since there are so many misconceptions, it's best to get the terminology right, rather than guessing what someone might mean.
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She said Whatever, guys. It doesn't matter what you think.

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Re: State Doctors Surgery?

Glad you feeling better Amy. Thing is, most people on EF have been temporary residents at the beginning, for 1 year or so then stayed longer. And they also found through official sources that the EHIC doe not cover them, even in that initial first year, neither does holiday travel insurance- because if you work abroad- you are resident abroad- and it is a whole different ball game. How do we know? Because we've all been there, done it and got the t-shirt and more. OK. If you are here on a contract to work, even as an Au Pair, you are due to pay taxes here, must be registered as resident, and have health insurance, 1 for illness, and a separate one for accidents. You can get away with the odd emergency without, but if you did become seriously ill, or have an accident requiring long-term treatment, you'd be up the proverbial creek without a paddle or a scooby doo

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Whatever. I know what i meant...you know what i meant. Im staying here for a year and a year only so im considered a temp resident. Do people on here enjoy starting debates or like being difficult or just...correcting people constantly?
Hi Amy,

Glad to hear that you are getting better and that your situation is sorted. To answer your question, it may help you to look at it this way: Five years down the line, when this situation is a distant memory for you, some other au pair or newcomer to Switzerland may come onto this forum, do a search and land on this thread...

So while you and the current readers of this thread all know what you meant, it is sometimes important to clarify things not out of pleasure in "correcting people", but for the sake of future readers who may be confused and even mislead by inaccuracies in the thread.

This is particularly important (in my humble opinion) in the area of health insurance, as making an incorrect assumption based on a misleading post could lead someone to incur massive costs if they failed to cover themselves properly and then became seriously ill.

I hope that helps. It (generally) is not something you should take personally.

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