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Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered yet?!

Situation:

Landed from US and registered in Basel Stadt on the 25th of month X. US health insurance covered family until the end of month X. Finally got Swiss health insurance and I know I have to pay, and insurance has to cover, retroactively to registration.

Best case scenario: Swiss insurance/authorities understand that I had my family covered for month X so insurance can start charging from day one of month X+1. (fat chance of this)

Worst case scenario: Dismiss the US health insurance and Swiss insurance is backtracked to 25th of month X.

Rip-off scenario of which I am informed today: SWICA (and all other insurers) in Basel, will charge me the basic insurance for the entire month of X.

Questions:
Does anybody know anything about this?
Am I unfair in thinking that this is very very unfair: Forcing my family to pay for 24 days of insurance when we were not even in the country?
Is there anything I can do?
Is this a SWICA or a general thing for all insurance companies in Basel?
Is it even a Basel thing? Do other cantons have this?

Thank you in advance.
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Old 18.08.2015, 18:15
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Re: Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered y

this is normal/typical.

welcome to switzerland.

you can avoid by registering from 1 of the month.

just think of it as an easy introduction. you will soon get used to having to pay a lot of money for nothing in return.
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Old 18.08.2015, 18:16
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Re: Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered y

It is the rule of the Swiss government, that health insurance is charged back to the first day of the month you arrived here.

You need to read the Forum: there are plenty of more surprises out there!
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Old 18.08.2015, 18:33
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Re: Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered y

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Does anybody know anything about this?
Yup. It's pretty standard, though not obvious if you've not found out the hard way.

Am I unfair in thinking that this is very very unfair: Forcing my family to pay for 24 days of insurance when we were not even in the country?
No. It's reasonable to think it's unfair, but... (see next answer)

Is there anything I can do?
No. It's standard (and obligatory)

Is this a SWICA or a general thing for all insurance companies in Basel?
Is it even a Basel thing? Do other cantons have this?
It's all companies and all cantons (you might get a dodgy agent that'll start your insurance from the following month, but he'd be acting illegally). If you can take any glimmer of positiveness out of this, then at least you know it's not personal.

Thank you in advance.
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Anyway. Welcome to Basel, and welcome to the forum. I hope this'll be the only crappy thing, and you enjoy the rest of your time here
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Old 18.08.2015, 18:37
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Re: Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered y

Thanks.
Got it.
Thread can be closed as far as I am concerned.
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Re: Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered y

That's how it works!
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Old 18.08.2015, 19:41
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Re: Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered y

My daughter was born on the 31st at 18h23.

Had to pay for the whole month.

She left to move to the US on the 7th (21 years later).

Had to pay for that whole month as well.

It's normal, even for Swiss.

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Old 18.08.2015, 20:35
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My daughter was born on the 31st at 18h23
A bit selfish of her mother. She could have crossed her legs for a bit.
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Old 18.08.2015, 20:46
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A bit selfish of her mother. She could have crossed her legs for a bit.
No, it was the kid's fault, she was 5 weeks early, emergency caesarian.

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No, it was the kid's fault, she was 5 weeks early, emergency caesarian.
Kids! Want everything NOW!
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Old 18.08.2015, 21:22
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Re: Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered y

Yep, it is a well known fact, Lugano is attractive: if she was in Olten or Le Locle, she would have been born 10 days later, even a Swiss baby.
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Um - the doctor did the cesarean
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Old 19.08.2015, 14:36
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Um - the doctor did the cesarean
Well, if she hadn't, one or both would have died, so she didn't really have much choice.

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Old 19.08.2015, 18:02
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Well, if she hadn't, one or both would have died, so she didn't really have much choice.

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You were planing on killing the Doc if he didn't perform ?

Tom Selleck, Magnum PI, or what
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Re: Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered y

There are a lot of previous posts about it- and warnings too. From me for instance, as we arrived, I believe, on the 29th of March 2009 and had to pay for the whole month. Hence it is better to join EF and look for advice BEFORE you move to Switzerland yep- the way it is, and yes, it hurts Certainly if anyone is having an elective Ceasarian, get it done at the beginning of a month (my first was an emergency on the 29th of June 1973... but in the UK, pheeeew).
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Re: Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered y

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My daughter was born on the 31st at 18h23.

Had to pay for the whole month.

She left to move to the US on the 7th (21 years later).

Had to pay for that whole month as well.

It's normal, even for Swiss.

Tom
moral of the story: don't have daughters.

also, tom is not a true swiss, else his daughter would have been born on 1 jan and left for the US on the 31st (well, not for the US, but probably some other faraway canton in switzerland).
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Re: Basel rip-off? Insurance charge for entire month even if not arrived/registered y

Contact health insurance agents. I think they can start contract from day one of month X+1 for some insurance companies.

Health Insurance - first 3 months...once again

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Situation:

Landed from US and registered in Basel Stadt on the 25th of month X. US health insurance covered family until the end of month X. Finally got Swiss health insurance and I know I have to pay, and insurance has to cover, retroactively to registration.

Best case scenario: Swiss insurance/authorities understand that I had my family covered for month X so insurance can start charging from day one of month X+1. (fat chance of this)

Worst case scenario: Dismiss the US health insurance and Swiss insurance is backtracked to 25th of month X.

Rip-off scenario of which I am informed today: SWICA (and all other insurers) in Basel, will charge me the basic insurance for the entire month of X.

Questions:
Does anybody know anything about this?
Am I unfair in thinking that this is very very unfair: Forcing my family to pay for 24 days of insurance when we were not even in the country?
Is there anything I can do?
Is this a SWICA or a general thing for all insurance companies in Basel?
Is it even a Basel thing? Do other cantons have this?

Thank you in advance.
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Yep, it is a well known fact, Lugano is attractive: if she was in Olten or Le Locle, she would have been born 10 days later, even a Swiss baby.
Come on- mine was born early - in ....


Stoke-on-Trent - give me Le Locle anyday!

Phil MCR, would have been the same for a son though, no?
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My daughter was born on the 31st at 18h23.

Had to pay for the whole month.

She left to move to the US on the 7th (21 years later).

Had to pay for that whole month as well.

It's normal, even for Swiss.

Tom
On a side note you got kids money for her for the entire month,no?
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