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Old 13.12.2012, 12:10
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willingly visit a crazy cat woman? nicely volunteered, tom
Jokes aside but I try not to think of Halle Berry as Catwoman.....with a fever.....miauw.
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Old 13.12.2012, 12:13
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Keep in mind, that not everybody has a medical history...so the ambulance, given she has nobody to drive her and is too frail to a cab, would be the most sensible choice.
Again: why call an ambulance with 1 medic and a driver when your doctor is the correct way to go? He can treat you in your home obviating the need to be driven to hospital and all the subsequent problems. If you need an ambulance he will call one and continue to keep you alive. In this case the worst could be a burst appendix, and calling an ambulance will not bring any better treatment than your local doctor.

She hasn't posted for eight hours so she is probably in hospital right now.
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Old 13.12.2012, 12:20
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Again: why call an ambulance with 1 medic and a driver when your doctor is the correct way to go? He can treat you in your home obviating the need to be driven to hospital and all the subsequent problems. If you need an ambulance he will call one and continue to keep you alive.
Because not everyone has a doctor?
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Old 13.12.2012, 12:34
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She hasn't posted for eight hours so she is probably in hospital right now.
Huh? I think it is much more likely she is asleep or otherwise engaged.
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Old 13.12.2012, 12:41
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She hasn't posted for eight hours so she is probably in hospital right now.
maybe even dead.

shame on you all!
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Old 13.12.2012, 12:43
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maybe even dead.

shame on you all!
Please, please, go and see her Phil...
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Old 13.12.2012, 12:44
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Because not everyone has a doctor?
Then there is no point going to hospital is there, she doesn't know them either.

This is a major factor in the high cost of health care everywhere. People going to hospital for minor undiagnosed complaints, and then catching some new disease and complaining! If everyone stayed at home and waited for their local doctor, the 'flu and other diseases would not spread so quickly.
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Old 13.12.2012, 13:01
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Then there is no point going to hospital is there, she doesn't know them either.

This is a major factor in the high cost of health care everywhere. People going to hospital for minor undiagnosed complaints, and then catching some new disease and complaining! If everyone stayed at home and waited for their local doctor, the 'flu and other diseases would not spread so quickly.
Most doctors whom don't already have you as a patient won't make housecalls and suggest that you go to the hospital.
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Old 13.12.2012, 13:10
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Re: High Fever - Should I call ambulance?

Personally, i would not visit a hospital during Doctors opening hours.

If i really really couldnt not call a taxi or a friend to bring me to the doctors i would try get a doctor to call to me.

At 40 degrees i wouldnt go to a doctor or a hospital. At 42 degrees i still didnt go to a doctor or a hospital. Maybe thats more fool me but i think OK its a virus, i will take some medicine and let it run its course.

In saying that, jI wish i was more inclined to go to the doctors. We were brought up with the notion of "not wasting the doctors time"... Now im a bit older i think.. I pay heavily for his time so i will waste it if i want lol.


The last time i was in Ireland i needed a repeat perscription. But i couldnt have it with out seeing the doctor. Base cost is 50 euro!! (Can cost more in different parts of the country) He spent 7 minutes with me and yawned throughout our meeting! What a P*ick! 50 euro - 7 minutes - yawn.

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Old 13.12.2012, 13:44
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Re: High Fever - Should I call ambulance?

Since the OP was made at 2.30 in the morning I don't think the call your doctor solution is appropriate here. The thing to do would be to call the emergency doctor number for your area, explain the situation and see what they advise.

If you call your doctor out of hours here do you get a message giving you the emergency contact number? I would assume so but I've never been in that situation so don't reall know.
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Old 13.12.2012, 13:46
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Re: High Fever - Should I call ambulance?

When my family doctor wasn't in her office, I've called the emergency room at Uster Spital before, to ask if they think I should come there. The receptionist who answered put me directly in touch with one of the on-duty physicians in the ER, who was really nice and helpful.

Anyways, I really hope the OP is feeling much better soon.. and is at least in the hands of someone to help take care of her.
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Old 13.12.2012, 14:03
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Re: High Fever - Should I call ambulance?

Do the doctors that you call at your health insurance not give this sort of advice?
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Old 13.12.2012, 14:41
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Do the doctors that you call at your health insurance not give this sort of advice?
Doctors at my health insurance?

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Old 13.12.2012, 14:46
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Re: High Fever - Should I call ambulance?

I would use paracetamol to reduce a fever but being driven by 80% of sum of all fears, I would still put an appointment with a doctor. Better feel safe than sorry later!
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Old 13.12.2012, 14:53
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Doctors at my health insurance?

Tom
Some Health Insurance companies employ Doctors/Nurses. SO you can call them & seek advice.

Im sure it saves them a fortune.

I think Carrie F gave good advice, call the local hosp, they will tell you what to do.

Ahhhh I do love Swiss health care
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Old 13.12.2012, 14:54
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Doctors at my health insurance?
I got a number for "Telmed 24" on my card. Whenever I've called it, I was answered by a doctor. I presumed it was standard (to disuade people from going to the doctor with a cold or not going with chest pains).
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I got a number for "Telmed 24" on my card. Whenever I've called it, I was answered by a doctor. I presumed it was standard (to disuade people from going to the doctor with a cold or not going with chest pains).

Yes its a very good idea plus some companies have special numbers if you need a pediatrician and not just a "normal" doc
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Old 13.12.2012, 15:00
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I got a number for "Telmed 24" on my card. Whenever I've called it, I was answered by a doctor. I presumed it was standard (to disuade people from going to the doctor with a cold or not going with chest pains).
You get this if you're in a Telmed model -- where you have to call and speak to a doctor to get authorization before seeking further treatment.

There are other insurance models as well, like the GP model, where you actually physically have to see your GP first before being referred; and the standard model, which means you can go to any doctor you want without prior consultation.

But having an 'on call' doctor to consult at your insurance company isn't a given if you're not in a Telmed plan.
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Old 13.12.2012, 18:09
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Personally, i would not visit a hospital during Doctors opening hours.

If i really really couldnt not call a taxi or a friend to bring me to the doctors i would try get a doctor to call to me.

At 40 degrees i wouldnt go to a doctor or a hospital. At 42 degrees i still didnt go to a doctor or a hospital. Maybe thats more fool me but i think OK its a virus, i will take some medicine and let it run its course.

In saying that, jI wish i was more inclined to go to the doctors. We were brought up with the notion of "not wasting the doctors time"... Now im a bit older i think.. I pay heavily for his time so i will waste it if i want lol.


The last time i was in Ireland i needed a repeat perscription. But i couldnt have it with out seeing the doctor. Base cost is 50 euro!! (Can cost more in different parts of the country) He spent 7 minutes with me and yawned throughout our meeting! What a P*ick! 50 euro - 7 minutes - yawn.

Ok sorry, rant over
I saw the doctor (with help), He said I have the flu and to call him or the other doctor in the practice at home if my fever goes above 40 and probably go to hospital especially if i can't reach them or it's in the middle of the night. But it seems to be going down finally, I've not been over 38.5 today.

Thanks for letting me know ambulances are so ridiculously expensive. That seems absolutely crazy though... I guess if I had to go to the hospital, it would make sense to call a taxi, but it seems silly that it's not covered fully covered over the insurance system.

When I was just under 40 yesterday, I wasn't very lucid though, so I can't imagine being able to make a phone call to a doctor and make myself understood.

At 42 degree, I think the doctors worry about death, so nurses would throw you in an ice bath in what I guess is a very uncomfortable experience and stick an IV in to reduce clotting that leads to death. So yeah, not going to the doctor was probably dumb at the time.
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Old 13.12.2012, 18:25
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Re: High Fever - Should I call ambulance?

With mine, I had additional cover which paid for the ambulance trip. I really couldn't have used a taxi at the time.

But it does seem odd, that it's not covered.
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