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Old 23.09.2011, 04:38
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"Well Woman" health checks (English speaking?)

I've had a harrowing conversation with a close friend (younger than me) who has just had an operation for ovarian cancer. I know that this kind of cancer is very difficult to be discovered until the late stages and the prognosis is often poor, but my friend's plight has scared the bejaysus out of me.

It's made me realise that I've been too complacent with having my own health check-ups. I've been extremely fortunate in having only minor health problems in the past few years eg. eye infection, a dry cough and just the usual colds. However, I've looked up some old papers and the last time I had a PAP smear and mammogram was 3 years ago (not in Switzerland). I'm 49 years old...

I'd like to have a PAP smear and mammogram but have not been to see any doctors or visited any clinics since relocating to Switzerland this past Summer. Our medical insurers (BUPA International) have an annual limit of GB 200 pounds or approx 280 CHF for a 'well woman' check up (not exactly sure what that entails, guess I need to make further enquiries)

I have no idea what a ball-park figure would be for a PAP & mammogram would cost in Switzerland, does anyone have any idea of likely costs? (We pay upfront and claim it back, less 10% admin deduction).

I'm looking for an English speaking clinic/doctors in the Zug area, but willing to travel to Zurich or Lucerne if necessary and would appreciate any suggestions of (nice) doctors and clinical staff. Thank you!
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Old 23.09.2011, 07:45
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I can't help with doctor referrals as mine is in Bern, but this is what I've paid.

My visits to my gynae have been 150 or so with pap, plus about 20 for the pathology. I just paid 120 for a follow up breast exam including ultrasound.

For mammography, I've gone to the engeried spital in Bern twice, a private clinic. A diagnostic mammogram, digital was about chf 200. Last year I had mammography, ultrasound and needle biopsy for about chf 500.

I find these costs to be quite reasonable and probably less than I'd pay in the US, but know nothing about the UK.

Ovarian cancer is tough to detect, if that is your concern - make sure you discuss it with the doctor as a pap smear doesn't always detect it. Still it's a good idea to have one. I've had experience with breast cancer here and have found the treatment and care excellent. At any rate the costs aren't outrageous.

My guess is that the check up is the gynae visit. The gynae then writes a prescription for mammogram, which is usually separate.
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