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Billed for being stretchered off the slopes - with addition

My daughter was stretchered off the slopes at Klewenalp after crashing. She had concussion, spent 24 hours in intensive care, and was sent home with instructions to rest for two weeks. She's now pretty much recovered. It was a good job she was wearing a ski helmet.

We just got the bill for the resort rescue yesterday. 180 CHF - which will be reimbursed by our insurance of course. But included in the letter, which hoped for a speed recovery etc., was a voucher, valid for 2 years, for a free trip up and down the mountain. I thought that was a really nice touch.

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Old 13.03.2011, 15:09
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Double good news there - fantastic!!
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My daughter was stretchered off the slopes at Klewenalp after crashing. She had concussion, spent 24 hours in intensive care, and was sent home with instructions to rest for two weeks. She's now pretty much recovered. It was a good job she was wearing a ski helmet.

We just got the bill for the resort rescue yesterday. 180 CHF - which will be reimbursed by our insurance of course. But included in the letter, which hoped for a speed recovery etc., was a voucher, valid for 2 years, for a free trip up and down the mountain. I thought that was a really nice touch.

Hah - bet you thought this was going to be a rant.
Yes ! Yes!

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Old 13.03.2011, 16:58
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Re: Billed for being stretchered off the slopes - with addition

That's great news, I am glad she is doing so well and that you weren't charged extra...I am not too versed in the insur. policies, does she have a supplementary policy? Or just the basic one?
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Re: Billed for being stretchered off the slopes - with addition

First of all - great news that your daughter is OK - I wish her a speedy convalescence. But I must say, 180 chuffs for a stretcher and a spot of EMT sounds like the best value in Switzerland, especially since I heard it costs 600 chf to turn the key of an ambulance.
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Old 13.03.2011, 17:26
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180 chuffs for a stretcher and a spot of EMT sounds like the best value in Switzerland
...don't get them in a fool's paradise. That's only the use (hire) of the stretcher itself. The use of blankets, pillow, use of waterproof covering and strapping, stretcher-bearers' time and extra tax for competence, distance rate of Fr.2.- per meter on the stretcher, lifting from ground into ambulance - that all comes in the detailed bill later. I know their cunning tricks...
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Old 13.03.2011, 18:02
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Re: Billed for being stretchered off the slopes - with addition

We've not received the bill for the ambulance - that won't be cheap. And intensive care is 400CHF an hour - at least it was 8 years ago... All covered by insurance.

I did hear that a helicopter rescue costs many 10s of thousands of CHFs.
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Re: Billed for being stretchered off the slopes - with addition

Makes a pleasant change getting something back!
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We've not received the bill for the ambulance - that won't be cheap. And intensive care is 400CHF an hour - at least it was 8 years ago... All covered by insurance.

I did hear that a helicopter rescue costs many 10s of thousands of CHFs.
Maybe not that much.
http://www.tagesschau.sf.tv/Nachrich...rt-Rega-Tarife
mentions the prices per minute.
A repatriation is expensive, though, AFAIK to the tune of 50k CHF.
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REGA is the best value EVER - I would advise anybody living in CH to be a member. It is CHF70 for a couple per year, and there is a family tarif. A friend of ours was taken ill in Tunisia this Summer - they sent a private plane with a doctor, 2 nurses to pick her up - she was at the CHUV (lausanne hospital a just a few hours after their call. Absolutely brilliant.
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Re: Billed for being stretchered off the slopes - with addition

An important point about REGA is that its benefits are open to all Swiss residents - not just citizens.
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First of all - great news that your daughter is OK - I wish her a speedy convalescence. But I must say, 180 chuffs for a stretcher and a spot of EMT sounds like the best value in Switzerland, especially since I heard it costs 600 chf to turn the key of an ambulance.
Turned out to be 1000CHF. 250 standard charge for callout, 212 surcharge for call out on saturday, 40 CHF to lift her from the resort stretcher to the ambulance stretcher...
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Old 18.03.2011, 15:03
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We've not received the bill for the ambulance
in my case a 8km drive was 800chuffs.
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Old 18.03.2011, 16:40
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Re: Billed for being stretchered off the slopes - with addition

Just for the sake of clarity:

https://www.rega.ch/en/support-rega/...ga-patron.aspx

I do some work for REGA, they are a great organization and superbly set up.
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Is this REGA thing not part of standard accident/medical insurance here?
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Is this REGA thing not part of standard accident/medical insurance here?
No, it is a separate thing.

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Re: Billed for being stretchered off the slopes - with addition

Is Rega used at ski resorts or would non-Rega/official rescuers come to your aid first . . . and then you'd have to pay for that instead?
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Turned out to be 1000CHF. 250 standard charge for callout,
Fair enough, I suppose.

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Re: Billed for being stretchered off the slopes - with addition

Brother-in-law and sister-in-law were repatriated using rega from the middle of Africa - after their Land Cruiser overturned.

Well worth the 70chf - or lifetime membership if you are hanging around.
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Brother-in-law and sister-in-law were repatriated using rega from the middle of Africa - after their Land Cruiser overturned.

Well worth the 70chf - or lifetime membership if you are hanging around.
They don't offer lifetime membership:

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