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Medical Attention for a visitor

I have a friend visiting from the UK ( going to be here till end of the month) and he seems to have pulled something in his back again ( He had was few physio sessions before arrival ).
Cannot seem to book a physio without a diagnosis or referral from a doctor.

I tired to contact several doc's in the area for a visit but all seem to be fully booked till Monday.

He has travel insurance but in the UK is only covered by the NHS, so does not have a EU wide insurance card that we get here.

- Should I just take him to A & E and take it from there?
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I have a friend visiting from the UK ( going to be here till end of the month) and he seems to have pulled something in his back again ( He had was few physio sessions before arrival ).
Cannot seem to book a physio without a diagnosis or referral from a doctor.

I tired to contact several doc's in the area for a visit but all seem to be fully booked till Monday.

He has travel insurance but in the UK is only covered by the NHS, so does not have a EU wide insurance card that we get here.

- Should I just take him to A & E and take it from there?
Yes .

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthc...itzerland.aspx
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...He has travel insurance...
I'm confused. He's got travel insurance, but he's not covered?

First - get the medical emergency sorted out. Then worry about payment.
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He has travel insurance but in the UK is only covered by the NHS,
Wait........ so there is "Travel Insurance" provided he doesn't travel ???

Just another quick option for you to consider:

Your credit card

Some credit lines offer travel insurance (inclusive of restricted medical cover) when you purchase your holiday travel on credit card.

Assuming that your friend flew here, he must have purchased his ticket with a credit card.

Turn the card over and ring the number and enquire about the possibility of inclusive travel insurance and medical cover.

In any case, you will most likely have to foot the bill first, then claim on in later, so make your friends medical issue your first priority, then work out how to claim later.
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Re: Medical Attention for a visitor

When he goes back, you really should tell him to get a European health insurance card.

It does work in Switzerland for someone who is just visiting.
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Re: Medical Attention for a visitor

Just an update :

Took him to the A&E at the kantonalsspital.. since he did not have the EHIC from the NHS, they asked to put in a deposit of CHF 600 before they could start treatment.

He got the treatment but will have to claim bills from the private travel insurance.
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Just an update :

Took him to the A&E at the kantonalsspital.. since he did not have the EHIC from the NHS, they asked to put in a deposit of CHF 600 before they could start treatment.

He got the treatment but will have to claim bills from the private travel insurance.
Just be aware that they do everything they can not to pay up so if your friend had a pre-existing condition with his back which was under treatment with a physio in the UK, they might get a bit arsey.

My mum declared a pre-existing condition (high blood pressure and she'd been treated for an unexplained racing heart) and the cost of her travel insurance doubled to take account of it.

I don't know if the same applies with "physio" type stuff but just to give you the heads up.
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since he did not have the EHIC from the NHS, they asked to put in a deposit of CHF 600 before they could start treatment.

He got the treatment but will have to claim bills from the private travel insurance.
He was lucky - Seespital Horgen wants a CHF 1'000.00 deposit.

There is really no reason not to have an EHIC card from the NHS, it's free and can be applied for online.
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Just an update :

Took him to the A&E at the kantonalsspital.. since he did not have the EHIC from the NHS, they asked to put in a deposit of CHF 600 before they could start treatment.

He got the treatment but will have to claim bills from the private travel insurance.
The NHS is far more generous as I fell down the steps of a bus in London a couple of years ago and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance.
I'm resident in Switzerland and filled in all the various forms, but never received a bill, neither did my Swiss health insurance company.
Certainly the treatment I received couldn't have been better.
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