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a child with Laryngitis, planing to move Geneva

So my son, 8 years old, has Laryngitis and now we are planning to move Geneva. In my own place we have a hospital for children with Laryngitis where we are frequent clients.

How about Geneva? I need to plan ahead cause sometimes (at least twice a year) it happens that we need to call emergency and take him to hospital. So this is very important for us. Is it expensive to call emergency? what about hospital? I have insurance, but still just want to be sure we are prepared.
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A trip to emergency will be covered by the basic insurance. Children generally have a zero deductible so you will just have to pay 10% of the costs up to a maximum of 350chf per year.

I am curious about what type of laryngitis he has that requires emergency trips to hospital, though.
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A trip to emergency will be covered by the basic insurance. Children generally have a zero deductible so you will just have to pay 10% of the costs up to a maximum of 350chf per year.
thanks, which number I should call in case of emergency? So far I found 144 and 147. Though I don't know the difference. I guess we will be ok if we speak English?

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I am curious about what type of laryngitis he has that requires emergency trips to hospital, though.
He sometimes suffers from Laryngospasm, if the term is correct. The thing is, usually at night, breathing for him becomes really hard. The voice changes completely. We give him warm water, that helps a lot. Both me and my wife, especially wife, over the years learned how to spot any changes in his voice so we get prepared for that kind of spasms. Anyway thanks.
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thanks, which number I should call in case of emergency? So far I found 144 and 147. Though I don't know the difference. I guess we will be ok if we speak English?



He sometimes suffers from Laryngospasm, if the term is correct. The thing is, usually at night, breathing for him becomes really hard. The voice changes completely. We give him warm water, that helps a lot. Both me and my wife, especially wife, over the years learned how to spot any changes in his voice so we get prepared for that kind of spasms. Anyway thanks.
Here is the general paediatric emergency number for Geneva and the numbers for the different clinics providing out of hours services.

https://www.pediatre-ge.ch/fr/service-de-garde-urgences

During normal hours the best thing to do would be to call your regular paediatrician once you move here and have one, out of hours then call one if the emergency numbers. You may be lucky and find an English speaker but it is not a given in Geneva.

Ah ok, so it’s somewhat more complicated than a regular laryngitis.
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Re: a child with Laryngitis, planing to move Geneva

Here's the link for the Paediatric hospital in Geneva, it's just down the hill from HUG (the main hospital) and is only a few years old.
If your son requires an ambulance you should ring 144, otherwise you can just turn up and you'll be seen very quickly.

If you really think you'll be requiring their services regularly you'll need to think very carefully into where you're going to live, crossing town at certain times of the day in a hurry can be a nightmare.

*147 is more of a helpline aimed at children and teenagers; suicide, drugs, abuse concerns, etc.



https://www.google.fr/search?q=pedia...29093878060906

BM beat me to it, my link is to the large childrens hospital by the main hospital, it's open 24/7.
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Re: a child with Laryngitis, planing to move Geneva

No worries, most of the doctors speak English in Geneva so you won't have an issue communicating.

In addition to the HUG (Geneva University Hospital) there's also Cliniquedes Grangettes and Hôpital de la Tours. Both of them have an emergency pediatric service.

Once you find a pediatrician you are happy with, it may be an idea for them to provide a letter/certificate describing your child's medical issue. It could be helpful when having to visit the emergency room.
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No worries, most of the doctors speak English in Geneva so you won't have an issue communicating.

In addition to the HUG (Geneva University Hospital) there's also Cliniquedes Grangettes and Hôpital de la Tours. Both of them have an emergency pediatric service.

Once you find a pediatrician you are happy with, it may be an idea for them to provide a letter/certificate describing your child's medical issue. It could be helpful when having to visit the emergency room.
Paediatrics on Avenue Rosarie is open 24/24, (if they go to HUG they will be redirected there) the other clinics seem to only operate 8-22h.

Getting a cover letter is certainly a sensible suggestion, and perhaps learning a few key phrases about the problem would also be a good idea?

Although most doctors might be able to understand and/or speak some english it's unrealistic to expect that the OP will always come across one willing or indeed able to do so... especially in an emergency situation when she's already stressed and perhaps not as able to express the problem as she might under more normal circumstances.
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thanks, which number I should call in case of emergency? So far I found 144 and 147. Though I don't know the difference. I guess we will be ok if we speak English?
If you are planning on calling for an ambulance, that will be expensive, and often not fully covered by medical insurance - don't know if that's different for a child patient. Belgianmum might know...

Here one generally only calls an ambulance when the patient can not be moved or can not be moved in a regular car, or there is no one to take the patient to the hospital by car (and public transport is too much for the patient). A taxi (expensive in Switzerland) will generally be cheaper than your cost-share for an ambulance.
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Paediatrics on Avenue Rosarie is open 24/24, (if they go to HUG they will be redirected there) the other clinics seem to only operate 8-22h.
Getting a cover letter is certainly a sensible suggestion, and perhaps learning a few key phrases about the problem would also be a good idea?
Although most doctors might be able to understand and/or speak some english it's unrealistic to expect that the OP will always come across one willing or indeed able to do so... especially in an emergency situation when she's already stressed and perhaps not as able to express the problem as she might under more normal circumstances.
I wouldn't worry, really, in Geneva you can get by with English.
It's so international.
In Lausanne it may be more difficult, and in Fribourg and Neuchâtel more so.
I had a wonderful English-speaking pediatrician in Nyon (if you're moving out that way). He was a blessing and such a help with the needs of my cardiac special needs child (hence my suggestion of having a letter).
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Getting a cover letter is certainly a sensible suggestion, and perhaps learning a few key phrases about the problem would also be a good idea?

Although most doctors might be able to understand and/or speak some english it's unrealistic to expect that the OP will always come across one willing or indeed able to do so... especially in an emergency situation when she's already stressed and perhaps not as able to express the problem as she might under more normal circumstances.
Getting a letter explaining the condition from the paediatrician and learning a few key phrases related to it is an excellent idea.

I agree regarding the doctors too. Whilst most of the doctors can probably speak English to a greater or lesser degree it is unrealistic to expect it. There are plenty of doctors in Geneva hospitals with only a rudimentary grasp of English at best.

As I understood the OP I thought he was referring to the emergency phone line with regards to English speaking.
In my experience the ‘gatekeepers’ such as receptionists and call handlers etc are much less likely to speak English than the doctors are. A lot if the nurses don’t speak much English either.

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If you are planning on calling for an ambulance, that will be expensive, and often not fully covered by medical insurance - don't know if that's different for a child patient. Belgianmum might know...

Here one generally only calls an ambulance when the patient can not be moved or can not be moved in a regular car, or there is no one to take the patient to the hospital by car (and public transport is too much for the patient). A taxi (expensive in Switzerland) will generally be cheaper than your cost-share for an ambulance.
Ambulance costs reimbursement is the same for both adults and children for basic insurance.
They will reimburse 50% of the cost up to a maximum of 500chf per year unless it is as the result of an accident.
Supplementary insurance will often cover ambulance costs but as the child has a pre-existing condition he probably won’t get cover for it.

Having said that, if my child was having breathing difficulties I would call the ambulance and worry about the costs later. The ambulance crew can start treatment immediately if necessary.

I will post the link I posted earlier again as I think it’s useful to have all the information in one place.


https://www.pediatre-ge.ch/fr/service-de-garde-urgences


It gives the paediatric emergency number as well as the hospitals with paediatric emergency departments and their opening hours.
The bottom two are without an appointment and the paediatric hospital is open 24 hours a day.
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