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Basic Medical Test Costs

Hi.

I've had a quick search and cannot find a recent answer to my enquiry, apologies if I have missed one.

I need some basic medical tests for back in the UK,
namely a set that covers liver, cholesterol, diabetes with a blood pressure report to send back. I called a local Dr (in Zurich) who was unable to provide any indication of the lab costs for these tests as I need to share this. I guess the Dr will want their own charge on top of the lab costs. Has anyone had these tests and how much were they?

Any insight is appreciated.

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Old 18.04.2017, 20:41
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Why? Probably he doesn´t know because that is done in a separate lab/outsourced.

Can´t remember what the last tests costed, wasn´t that much
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Old 18.04.2017, 20:47
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

The cost is your franchise (excess) plus 10% of a piece of string...
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

Sounds like less than a grand.
Call your insurance company, they should be able to fix you up and give a guesstimate.
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

Standard set of tests - Liver function, thyroid, cholesterol, blood sugar vitamins, Iron etc etc is approx 130chf..

I've done the suite of tests a few times over past couple of years because my GP once thought my cholesterol was high, she keeps an eye on it a couple of times per year. It's always a full suite of tests.

Edit : Plus the cost of the doctor consultation - another 150chf
Edit edit : Outsourced -- Yes -- Results and bill came from "UniLabs" .. So their price rather than my GP.
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Standard set of tests - Liver function, thyroid, cholesterol, blood sugar vitamins, Iron etc etc is approx 130chf..

I've done the suite of tests a few times over past couple of years because my GP once thought my cholesterol was high, she keeps an eye on it a couple of times per year. It's always a full suite of tests.

Edit : Plus the cost of the doctor consultation - another 150chf
Edit edit : Outsourced -- Yes -- Results and bill came from "UniLabs" .. So their price rather than my GP.
It should be possible to go directly to the lab for the basic stuff; pretty sure OH does when he needs blood-tests doing pre-visit to his urologist, cutting out the GP.
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Old 18.04.2017, 22:32
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It should be possible to go directly to the lab for the basic stuff; pretty sure OH does when he needs blood-tests doing pre-visit to his urologist, cutting out the GP.
Agree yes.. I get the test.. Then I can either just call and get the results.. Or I can go to the GP and talk about it.
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Old 18.04.2017, 22:49
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It should be possible to go directly to the lab for the basic stuff; pretty sure OH does when he needs blood-tests doing pre-visit to his urologist, cutting out the GP.
Very easy & cheap to do in France, I needed a liver function test cost 14.85 euro at the lab, no Dr needed. Results available in 4 hours online.
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Old 18.04.2017, 23:09
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

Prices are fixed by the health authorities according to the so called "Analysenliste".

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/de/home...ysenliste.html
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Very easy & cheap to do in France, I needed a liver function test cost 14.85 euro at the lab, no Dr needed. Results available in 4 hours online.
You still got a functioning liver at your age ?
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Old 19.04.2017, 15:30
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

So some large blood testing?

I do this once a year. CHF 200 give or take, but that is including all lab work, brief follow-up consultation with the doctor (if nothing is wrong). The blood itself is taken by a nurse, time investment is 1 minute and it costs accordingly, i.e. next to nothing.
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

Hi Evansdav, have you have it done? I`m looking for the same thing as well. Can you please let me know?
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Melisa
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Old 16.05.2018, 17:58
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

Reviving the topic.

Contacted my insurer for info on getting a medical including prostate/PSA. I have basic cover.
They advised first port of call to be their medical center, however the test costs range from chf1000 for basic, to 1600 for usual, to 2300 for extensive.
This is way out of line with prices above.

Basic Test seems to be enough, but is a bag of sand!
Laboratory examination
Urinalysis, complete blood count (CBC), values for your liver, kidney, blood lipids and blood sugar levels, iron levels, uric acid, thyroid value, electrolytes, screening for inflammation parameters, PSA value for men under 45, colon cancer prevention for men and women over 50 or those at risk.

Medical examination
Anamnesis, physical examination, blood pressure and pulse, vaccination status.

Medical diagnostics
Anthropometric measurements (weight, size, BMI, waist circumference, body fat analysis), basal metabolism, resting ECG, exercise ECG with blood pressure.

I already know I'm too fat, need to exercise more, eat more veg, cut down on alcohol etc.

So how are people getting a reasonably priced medical/bloodwork?
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Old 16.05.2018, 20:44
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

Bloodwork done as part of a doctor's appointment is low cost. But the doctor's time must also be paid. The costs above are (as I read it) the lab costs, not the doctor's time.

A "medical", meaning a voluntary trip to some medical centre for a general check-over is always more expensive. It's a marketing product, not usually purely health-awareness driven. So for example, the amanese might be given an hour....which would be massively excessive in daily healthcare unless trying to find the source of an illness with complex symptoms.

If someone is insured in Switzerland, these tests and discussions with doctor are covered by basic insurance, if medically required. When one changes GP, there is often a head-toe check over.

If they are requested "because I'm curious" GPs are well within their obligations to refuse, or to inform you that it won't be paid by the insurance.

Same in UK: if you need a blood test, NHS pays. If you want a full medical for your own reasons, a private medical centre will happily relieve you of GBP 600+
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Old 16.05.2018, 21:51
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

If I were you I would talk this over with my GP. What I actually want (to know), why I want it ..... what he thinks about this, what he would find useful to check etc.
My GP knows me, my "story", my life-style, my attitude (My general state is being healthy, he had to develope a certain tone to get it accross when he disagrees, LOL. We understand each other perfectly by now).
Due to all this and you explaining your "worries" or expectations from a check-up he will - together with you - establish what makes sense checking and what doesn't. (There is imo seriously no reason to search for illnesses that might or might not arise sometime in the future. But - again - that is attitude and different for each person).
Such general test issued by a GP are normally not very expensive and payed by insurance. (An other thing you can ask at this first talk about).

An other reason to have this done by your GP is that he can put the results in perspective, as a result can demand treatment for one person and still in the okay-zone for an other.

<<I already know I'm too fat, need to exercise more, eat more veg, cut down on alcohol etc.>>
If you know this already - do you want to know if it has caused any damage yet? Would you - long term - change these things if a doctor showed you it had? If not - why do you want to know?
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Old 17.05.2018, 19:33
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

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Yes, looks like I'll go into the medical center and see 'my' GP.

With regards to "Mr Paste, your liver is below par, probably because of too regular tiffing", then yes I would make changes.

It's only alcoholics and addicted smokers that ignore the doctors advice.
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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

oh dear.....once the signs of damage are visible in blood tests etc, you have missed many many chances to stop habits that are damaging

Take diabetes....which in some cases is caused by excess weight. why wait until you are ill to change things you recognise are not great for your health?

or heart disease...linked to diet and weight in many cases. ok, you can test for cholesterol level, but that's not a guarantee there are no problems. I speak from experience....I know someone in hospital right now, having 3-4 small heart attacks a day, having surgery tomorrow. They had no sign of heart disease until Thursday last week.
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Old 18.05.2018, 10:28
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oh dear.....once the signs of damage are visible in blood tests etc, you have missed many many chances to stop habits that are damaging
Thank you Dr. Heckenhocker.

I shall cut out the middleman and just get measured for a coffin.

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Re: Basic Medical Test Costs

In the event, the company I work for have an onsite medical center, and they did it, for free.

The doctor was at great pains to point out the PSA marker results usually are elevated in 40% of men aged 65, however that finally equates to <4% having signs of prostrate cancer and <1% requiring/advised on medical intervention.
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