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?
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.
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
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!