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Prescription Query

Hi All

I have just switched to the Swiss health system and have a doctor here. I have an ongoing prescription from my previous doctor in the UK (for statins) that I can get from my Swiss doctor but the drugs will cost a lot more here.

Does anyone know if I can continue to get the prescription in the UK (paying the full and not the NHS subsidised rate) as it is likely to be a lot less than here? Otherwise can I get them safely on the internet here or elsewhere?

Any ideas would be very welcome.

Thanks in advance

Richard
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Re: Prescription Query

If your doctor in the UK will continue to treat you and issue private prescriptions, as a non UK resident.. You can use a service like chemistdirect.co.uk to send the medication to you here.

Not sure it will really be much cheaper by the time you pay for prescription, medicine and postage and likelycustoms charges.

My doctor here tested me with statins, to see if my high cholesterol was due to bad eating or was inherited.. The cost was 180chf for 100 tablets, plus the doctor fee.

Some statins and some doses are available without prescription by the way.
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Re: Prescription Query

Your insurance in CH pays at least part of the costs (after deductable amoun is reached of course), not sure that the price difference for statins is that big;
you can get your prescription and go in Germany or France to buy the drugs but at the end of the day, the bill will be similar if not the same.
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Re: Prescription Query

I just looked at the cost of buying them privately from chemistdirect

Up to 1.33 gbp per tablet. Better off just keep it simple and get them here.
Plus as mentioned, insurance here pays.
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Re: Prescription Query

I just looked up the cost if getting my husband's statin on private prescription in UK versus here.

The same tablets cost 33p per tablet in UK versus 41cts here. That's not taking into account the orescription costs or any reimbursement he gets here.

Overall I don't think any potential ( very small) saving is worth the hassle personally.
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Re: Prescription Query

Hi,
I am not sure why they should be so expensive for you here.
As soon as our Franchise limit is reached (this we reach very early in the year), all prescriptions from our Swiss doctor are free of charge
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Re: Prescription Query

If you gets the drugs from abroad (we for instance live on the French border, and go to UK very regularly) they won't be re-imbursed by your insurance. We had that discussion with our Swiss insurers twice- but the convention on pharmaceuticals specically forbid this.

The pharma cartels are a bit of a disgrace btw- did you know that big pharmas are paid by Swiss insurance on the fixed exhange rate of

..... CHF 1.28 to the Euro! No wonder the drugs here are so expensive!
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