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Old 17.11.2014, 16:45
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English speaking doctor in Vevey

Hello, I was hoping someone could share the name of their English speaking doctor in Vevey. I have been here over a year and have yet to find anyone, I rarely get sick but I do have a prescription that I can no longer get from the UK and for the last few weeks have been trying to find someone without any joy.

The issue that I face is that when I do call a Doctor that advertisers themselves as an English speaker I am told they are not taking on new patients. It seems that is pretty normal here to the point where I cannot find someone. Do you know if those lists open at a certain time of year or is it down to the doctor to decide.

I would really appreciate some tips on how to get on the list, and names of a recommended doctor and to know what is the price of visiting a doctor here for a general appointment to get a prescription.
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Old 17.11.2014, 16:57
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Re: English speaking doctor in Vevey

For a standard repeat prescription, about Chf 50.--

However you are visiting a new doctor and it is highly unlikely he will give you a repeat prescription without an examination, it would also be highly un-professional on his part too.

For a first visit, depending on what it is.....same amount as the length of a piece of string, so cost will be about that, plus or minus a bit.

If you're desperate, go to the hospital, if not ask them they will be able to advise who is taking new patients, and maybe after over one year, you could try learning a bit of French, it can't be that difficult, i managed to learn it after all.

You don't need to be fluent as most doctors can speak or at least understand English, but if you make no effort, why should they ?
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Re: English speaking doctor in Vevey

Which insurance model are you under? Most GP-model based insurances come with a list of doctors to use, and the languages they speak (I've seen english often being mentioned too). Try to contact your insurer, they might be able to provide something like this.

I would also second the fact that most doctors do speak english well, but many do not feel like using it if they don't have to. Being a faithful client may change that...
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Thank you for the tip. I do speak quite good French but when it comes to a doctor I would rather speak my own language, the vocab you use for everyday life is often different than trying to describe a condition.
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Thanks Dandi, that is a great idea I will contact the insurance company
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