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Doctor visit for a non-resident in Switzerland

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A friend is visiting Switzerland for some weeks and she has a problem and would like to see a gynecologist. Do you know if this is possible to do in Switzerland without having a Swiss insurance.

Do you have any idea of how much does a gynevologist visit cost in Lausanne (or Switzerland in general)?

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Hi,

A friend is visiting Switzerland for some weeks and she has a problem and would like to see a gynecologist. Do you know if this is possible to do in Switzerland without having a Swiss insurance.

Do you have any idea of how much does a gynevologist visit cost in Lausanne (or Switzerland in general)?

Thanks in advance!
Does she have an EHIC? Insurance from another country in the EU? If so, emergency treatment should be covered.

No idea about the cost, it all depends on what needs to be done.
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Of course it is possible, you'll probably have to pay up front though, cost could be anything until the problem is diagnosed and treated this could be anything from a simple treatment to full blown antibiotics.


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The Swiss law is if you have a foreign visitor who does not have suitable health insurance then you are responsible for all costs
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The Swiss law is if you have a foreign visitor who does not have suitable health insurance then you are responsible for all costs
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So? What does this mean?
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Re: Doctor visit for a non-resident in Switzerland

If you had to issue an invitation letter to get your friend to visit, depending on the wording you may be liable for any cost.

If your friend is just visiting, she may have to pay in advance or get emergency treatment if she has an EHIC
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So? What does this mean?
It means, that unless you have issued and signed an invitation letter accepting to cover medical costs, then is is not your responsabilty to pay them if a visitor requires medical attention.

Sincerely hope this is now clear for you
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would like to see a gynecologist.
The question of cost aside, there is the potential issue of difficulty getting in to see a gynecologist if one is not already a patient of the practice. I don't know about the Lausanne area, but here in my corner o' the Zürichsee, lack of capacity is a hurdle even for women resident here.

Is the reason your friend wants to see a gynecologist an emergency or pregnancy related? (This is an FYI, you don't need to answer the question here.)

If not, be aware that it can be difficult to get an appointment in a timely fashion - as many gynecology practices have a waiting period of 3-6 months for routine appointments and often several weeks for timely-but-non-emergency appointments. Some are closed to new patients.

If pregnancy related, many practices that are otherwise full or have long waiting times will squeeze a pregnant new patient in.

If it's an emergency, call the Frauenklinik of a hospital - they will either see your friend or if after questioning the patient on the phone decide it isn't an emergency could probably advise your friend as to most appropriate next steps.

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If you have trouble getting in to see someone, perhaps ask EFers in the Lausanne area for recommendations.

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Hope your friend finds the health care she needs.

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Go to the CHUV (hospital) if it is emergency
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Re: Doctor visit for a non-resident in Switzerland

Seeing my gynecologist in Lausanne is about 125 CHF per visit for a checkup, 300 for a full workup during pregnancy. So I would guess somewhere between the two for most visits.
While I’ve never asked, I couldn’t see him turning away a patient because of insurance/residency status. Also, no problem here in terms of gyn offices being “full” (as commented above about Zurich).
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