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Borreliose/Lyme disese in Switzerland

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I'm moving to Zurich in some months to work, and I would like to know if anyone knows some doctor who treats chronic lyme disease in Switzerland, as I'm sick since 3 years ago and I have to be still on treatment.

I'm thinking to go to Augsburg as it's 3h aprox far way from zurich, but I would like to know , in the case I should have to take IV Antibiotics, could I go to do it in some clinic near Zurich?

Danke Schön.
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Re: Borreliose/Lyme disese in Switzerland

Hi,

Sorry about your illness. I got a tick bite a couple of years back and had a very unpleasant time with antibiotics.

I just googled and came up with this link from the Swiss Lyme Disease Self Help group:

http://www.zeckenliga.ch/

Unfortunately the site is in German / French / Italian but there is a contact link - maybe someone there can answer your questions.

Edit: This page on the site gives some more local contacts - including a Zurich one:

http://www.zeckenliga.ch/selbsthilfe...eiz/index.html

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Re: Borreliose/Lyme disese in Switzerland

Hi there

One well known specialist on the topic is Dr. Norbert Satz, in Zurich -> http://www.hirslanden.ch/global/de/s...bert_satz.html

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One well known specialist on the topic is Dr. Norbert Satz, in Zurich -> http://www.hirslanden.ch/global/de/s...bert_satz.html

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Thank you so much for the 2 answers!

I'm already here and I was wondering how Can I contact with Dr. Norbert Satz?

I'm starting looking health insurances and I'm a little bit lost as I don't know which type of treatments related with lyme will cover the different insurances...

I also don't know which kind of insurance should I take if I want to visit Dr. Norbert. Do you have some idea? I'm PhD student and I was thinking in taking Swiss Care as it has "cheap" plans for PhD students, but I have no idea if with this insurance could I visit Dr. Satz.

Thank you so much in advance!!!!!
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Re: Borreliose/Lyme disese in Switzerland

click on the link, find a telephone number and call within regular office hours (8-12,2-6).... I have not yet found a medical person in Zurich that could not speak reasonable english...even if it is not their 'preferred' way to communicate...
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Hi,

Sorry about your illness. I got a tick bite a couple of years back and had a very unpleasant time with antibiotics.

I just googled and came up with this link from the Swiss Lyme Disease Self Help group:

http://www.zeckenliga.ch/

Unfortunately the site is in German / French / Italian but there is a contact link - maybe someone there can answer your questions.

Edit: This page on the site gives some more local contacts - including a Zurich one:

http://www.zeckenliga.ch/selbsthilfe...eiz/index.html

Cheers,
Nick
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One well known specialist on the topic is Dr. Norbert Satz, in Zurich -> http://www.hirslanden.ch/global/de/s...bert_satz.html

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click on the link, find a telephone number and call within regular office hours (8-12,2-6).... I have not yet found a medical person in Zurich that could not speak reasonable english...even if it is not their 'preferred' way to communicate...
ok, thanks
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Re: Borreliose/Lyme disese in Switzerland

If you're a PhD student at Uni or ETH, you may contact the foreign affairs office or the ERASMUS office (see the websites) for details on health insurance. You'll need basic (Allgemein) coverage only for most physicians and health services, including Dr. Satz and similar specialists.
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Re: Borreliose/Lyme disese in Switzerland

For the sake of those who prefer the science-based approach to their health: evidence-based medicine does not recognize the diagnosis of "chronic Lyme disease". There is overwhelming evidence that its long-term antibiotics treatment is not effective but actually harmful to the patients.

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http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/postLDS/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease_controversy

I hope the OP gets better, though.
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Re: Borreliose/Lyme disese in Switzerland

Not sure about what you intended to say by "[...] does not recognize [...]". Lyme disease is classified as A69.2 in the "International Statistical Classification of Diseases" ICD-10. See below...

ICD-10, A69.2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease

Indepth information on Lyme disease
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/330178-overview
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Not sure about what you intended to say by "[...] does not recognize [...]". Lyme disease is classified as A69.2 in the "International Statistical Classification of Diseases" ICD-10. See below...

ICD-10, A69.2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease
Read the third paragraph of your Wikipedia link. Lyme disease is not the same as chronic Lyme disease.
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Re: Borreliose/Lyme disese in Switzerland

Sorry to hear about the op's condition. That Lyme disease sounds quite scary - and I heard there Zurich area is known for high number of ticks in the forests (not sure what % of them is infected though) - I got bitten myself by one last year.

As for the health insurance question and what it covers - my advice would be to call a couple of Doctors in your area (their receptions normally speak some English), and ask if the basic health insurance covers chronic Lyme disease. They usually know quite well what is covered and what is not. Then you can decide if basic health insurance is enough or if you need some supplementary one.
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Re: Borreliose/Lyme disese in Switzerland

Treatment for lyme disease in Switzerland could be covered by accident, not medical insurance. I doubt that either would cover long term antibiotic therapy for Post-Lyme-Syndrome as, as jotha mentioned, it is not considered an evidence-based treatment, as mentioned in the guidelines of the Swiss society for infectious diseases: http://www.sginf.ch/ssi/images/ssi/g...mepaper-3e.pdf. Supplementary insurance might cover alternative treatments, but you will not be accepted for pre-existing conditions. The syndrome itself is recognized, and other treatments might be covered, but I would bring records of your medical history & treatments you received for active lyme in the past as you will have a hard time being diagnosed and therefore covered without.
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Read the third paragraph of your Wikipedia link. Lyme disease is not the same as chronic Lyme disease.
I see your point
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Lyme disease

Information about Lyme disease in Switzerland (in German) on SRF1 this evening starting
at 21:05.

Borreliose – Krankheit mit verschiedenen Gesichtern, srf.ch
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Re: Borreliose/Lyme disese in Switzerland

Seeking a physician who treats Bartonella and/or Babesia. I appreciate recommendations of doctors in Switzerland or Germany. Thanks

For those interested to learn more about lyme disease, there is a well known docu "Under our Skin."
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