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Do I need to see the doc to be referred to a gynaecologist? I've never seen one before just went to the docs surgery at home. Who'd have know it would be so difficult here will it take months for an appointment?
Thanks for the advice
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You don't need a referral from a GP to see a gynecologist, but in urgent cases it can help to get an appointment in a timely fashion. Often there is a wait from several weeks to several months for a routine gynecologist appointment, area and practice dependent.
(If you have not yet established a relationship with a GP it might be a good idea to do so. Just ask for an introductory appointment.)
Alternatively, a GP in Einsiedeln is Dr Birgit Bucher, at the Medico Plus practice (next to the hospital): http://www.medicoplus.ch/einsiedeln/angebot_21
Dr Birgit Bucher
Medico Plus Ärztezentrum Einsiedeln
Tel. 055 418 07 00
Fax 055 418 07 02
She is willing to do consultations in English, very sympathetic. As she is a GP I don't know if she can prescribe contraception but she could help you navigate the system if you are finding trouble doing so yourself, or help you with a referral.
(I can recommend a gynecologist in Altendorf if that is not too far from you, by the way.)
In canton SZ by law all bills (unless self-paid, outside the system) are sent directly to the insurance company, not to the patient. (You may request a copy to be sent to you if you wish.)
My insurer, CSS, simply sends a Rechnung for the franchise/self pay portion with only the note 'Behandlung von Dr (Name) and the date. Which treatment and/or tests were done are not noted on the bill. This may differ by insurance companies, though.
And of course you can always pay yourself outside the system. Just let the staff know when you register. This is what I do when I know that something is not covered by insurance, like a flu shot. Why go through the admininstrative stuff when I know I'll pay anyway.