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Shit healthcare. If you need real medicine get prepared to be shoved around and if your doctor doesn't feel lazy that day, they will fill out the stack of paperwork required to get it. If not you will rot in a corner.
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Old 24.12.2016, 09:59
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Shit healthcare. If you need real medicine get prepared to be shoved around and if your doctor doesn't feel lazy that day, they will fill out the stack of paperwork required to get it. If not you will rot in a corner.
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Re: I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting in Switzerland

oh wow lots of info which is good for those who need that.

To be honest i did nothing and didn't do any research. obviously i had insurance, and a gynecologist who i meet for my regular visits. as the time approached the doctor asked me where do you want to deliver. a little while after the hospital sent me a letter i called to confirm my room choice and then had the baby.

seriously it is that simple. I have had two babies in switzerland. my youngest is 1 years old. My only thing though is you should have your marriage certificate, and i believe both yours and your husbands original birth certificate ready.

if not , start ordering those documents you need that, they ask for it in the hospital.

You will have a lovely birthing experience in Switzerland, dont worry about anything just go to your regular appointments and relax. it is very important to keep your regular appiontments.

all the best to you and your hubby, congratulations!
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Yes this. I had the test in February this year and we had to pay the full amount ourselves. We submitted to the insurer anyway just to see if they would possibly pay some of it, but no, it wasn't covered at all.
Would you be kind enough to tell me how much did it cost you??
I'm thinking about having it done, either way, when the time comes.
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Old 20.02.2017, 08:06
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Would you be kind enough to tell me how much did it cost you??
I'm thinking about having it done, either way, when the time comes.
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There were 2 prices depending on which test you chose to do. CHF950 or CHF1450.
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Old 20.02.2017, 10:48
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Would you be kind enough to tell me how much did it cost you??
I'm thinking about having it done, either way, when the time comes.
Thanks!!
I checked it out myself. The basic one was about 900 chf. If you want a more comprehensive test, which includes Trisomy 21, 18 and 13 (and some other stuff I don't remember anymore) it was up to 1600.

We decided to wait for the nuchal translucency exam and see what it looks like, and do the blood test if the result was worrying. Fortunately, we didn't have to pop the money
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Re: I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting in Switzerland

We didn't need to do the tests according to the nuchal translucency or the blood tests, but because of my age I wanted to do it to set my mind at ease. My doctor really enjoyed his 'I told you so moment' when I got my results (he said I didn't need to do the test) but I'm glad I did it.
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We didn't need to do the tests according to the nuchal translucency or the blood tests, but because of my age I wanted to do it to set my mind at ease. My doctor really enjoyed his 'I told you so moment' when I got my results (he said I didn't need to do the test) but I'm glad I did it.
I absolutely understand you Right before the exam I told the husband I wanted to do the blood test no matter what, but in the end my doctor was so adamant that it looks really good, I relaxed a bit.

Can't believe it's been almost 2 years already since I did the test!!!!!!!!!
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Re: I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting in Switzerland

Oh wow!! I better start saving!
Due to my age, I guess I'd like to do the test, no matter what.
Thanks for the info!!
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Old 20.02.2017, 13:24
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Oh wow!! I better start saving!
Due to my age, I guess I'd like to do the test, no matter what.
Thanks for the info!!
I seem to remember that pregnant women over the age of 35 (if this applies to you) get covered by the insurance for the test. I am not sure if I am messing it up or not. I can try to find the information when I'm at home.
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Old 20.02.2017, 13:48
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I seem to remember that pregnant women over the age of 35 (if this applies to you) get covered by the insurance for the test. I am not sure if I am messing it up or not. I can try to find the information when I'm at home.
My friend was 38 when she had the test and it wasn't covered at all. It may depend on the insurer.
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My friend was 38 when she had the test and it wasn't covered at all. It may depend on the insurer.
Wasn't covered for my friend on basic insurance (also 38) - even though the baby wouldn't sit still for the nuchal translucency test.
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Re: I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting in Switzerland

Can't find the papers anymore. I seem to have thrown them away. Was trying to find information on the internet but I'm so tired today I am not sure I am even reading right.

From what I could gather with burning eyes, women at high risk get at least partially paid the amniocintesis, and theoretically women over 35 are at higher risk. But that's an invasive test, not the blood work test.

If I find a bit more info when I am not half dead, and in grumpy mode, I'll come back to you...

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Can't find the papers anymore. I seem to have thrown them away. Was trying to find information on the internet but I'm so tired today I am not sure I am even reading right.

From what I could gather with burning eyes, women at high risk get at least partially paid the amniocintesis, and theoretically women over 35 are at higher risk. But that's an invasive test, not the blood work test.

If I find a bit more info when I am not half dead, and in grumpy mode, I'll come back to you...

https://www.ch.ch/de/schwangerschaft...-krankenkasse/
Amniocentesis is partly covered in 'at risk' women I believe but not the non invasive blood test unless the other tests come back with a very high likelihood of abnormalities.
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Re: I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting in Switzerland

I was 41 and they didn't cover any of the cost at all. Possibly because due to the nuchal translucency and blood tests the probability of issues was low, but I did it for my own peace of mind. It was last year February though, some insurers may be paying for it now.
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Re: I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting in Switzerland

As of July 2015, the blood test (the non-invasive one) is now covered by insurance. Again, provided that the result shows that woman is at higher risk (even though she is, for example, not yet 35).
Below is the chart (in German) taken from geburtshilfe.usz.ch
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Re: I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting in Switzerland

I actually just had the first trimester test done this week so can share what we know now for anyone who wants the details. The test includes an ultrasound and some blood tests...the same that they do in Australia. From these they calculate the risk factors for Trisomy 13, 18 and 21. These tests are covered by our insurer.

Our doctor gave us the choice on whether we wanted the Nicht Invasiver Pränatal Test (NIPT). He said the cost would only be covered by the insurer if the results indicate a high risk for any of Trisomy 13, 18 and 21. I confirmed this with our insurer. The cost depends on which version of the test used at your doctor's clinic...we were quoted from our doctor CHF700 for the Swiss test or CHF900 for the US version but he said we would use the Swiss one. These prices might vary depending on where you go and possibly only test for Trisomy 13, 18 and 21 and gender...but your doctor should tell you upfront about the costs...ours certainly was from the very first visit!

After the first trimester tests, our doctor told us the results on the same day (very low risk) and said it was up to us to decide if we wanted the NIPT test done. We decided not to because it would likely only confirm the result from the standard test.

For our first baby we also just went for the standard tests too. I think if you have high risk factors from the standard tests then its worth getting the NIPT done for piece of mind...and sometimes I think its worth the expense if if means you stress less!

But it helps to know that this is something ONLY covered by your insurance if the results show a high risk.
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Re: I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting in Switzerland

I had the Non Invasive (NIPT) test carried out last year, only for piece of mind as all my other tests were completely normal. I have basic insurance and asked my insurer if they would cover the cost of the test as I am over 35. I fully expected based on the feedback here they would not cover the cost of the test, but they agreed that they would reimburse and stood by this. My doctor also advised they would only cover it if the nuclear transluceny test results were outside the normal zone. It was Helena insurance, they are a bit pricier with premiums but I never had any problems claiming back fees.

The final bill for all the blood work was around 1500 chf, which I was personally prepared to cover. So was surprised and also happy that they agreed to reimburse this. They is no rule on this for insurance, it depends on your insurance company and perhaps the team behind making the decisions. I think its money well spent for the insurance company too as its preventative and pro active, so I hope with medical advances all insurers will cover the blood test in future.
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Re: I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting in Switzerland

Thank you so much for the information, I am looking for information on how my rights are if the father is swiss ( I am not, but from another EU country) we are not married. he has offered to marry, but I am one of those hopelessly romantics that belive we should marry for love and not for practical circumstanses. But maybe I am wrong. does anyone know what would my rights be as a foreign mother to a child that would be a swiss citizen (as far as I know, that's the case) would I be allowed to take my child with me to Denmark if thinks did not work out?

Of cause we are all hoping for a happy endning, but I would like to now the rules.
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