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Difficulty getting a good doctor

Having trouble getting in to a doctor in my area (as a new patient) - I have been told by several that they are not taking any more new patients. Is this common?
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Yes. However they usually relent if you can say you were recommended by someone and give a name. Ask around and see who your neighbours go to.
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Having trouble getting in to a doctor in my area (as a new patient) - I have been told by several that they are not taking any more new patients. Is this common?
As a fellow Ausserschwyzer I know the frustration - it took me many years to find a GP willing to take on new patients.

Are you looking for a GP, or for a specialist of some kind?

Do you prefer a doctor who is willing to consult in English, or are you OK with German (or another language)?

How far afield are you willing to look? Einsiedeln? Lachen? Wädenswil?



By the way - while you are looking for a practice, if you have a time-critical need that falls below the ER threshold, there is a Permance walk-in clinic in Rapperswil.
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Old 16.05.2019, 23:07
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Re: Difficulty getting a good doctor

A friend went through this until it dawned on him that he should not be asking: "Do you take new patients?" but instead: "I'd like to make an appointment please. May I please see Dr NAME on Wednesday or Friday?"

While in the waiting-room of a "no new patients" doctor, I once saw a newcomer being allowed to stay, right then, to wait his turn to see the doctor. I think he got his foot in the door just by turning up.
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A friend went through this until it dawned on him that he should not be asking: "Do you take new patients?" but instead: "I'd like to make an appointment please. May I please see Dr NAME on Wednesday or Friday?"

While in the waiting-room of a "no new patients" doctor, I once saw a newcomer being allowed to stay, right then, to wait his turn to see the doctor. I think he got his foot in the door just by turning up.
We do have a shortage of GPs due to changes in the insurance rules some years ago. So your ‘trick’ will not work for most people, because there is simply no capacity in some regions now including my own. In my area now if a practice closes or a new person arrives there is no choice but to join the outpatient clinic at the local hospital.
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A friend went through this until it dawned on him that he should not be asking: "Do you take new patients?" but instead: "I'd like to make an appointment please. May I please see Dr NAME on Wednesday or Friday?"

While in the waiting-room of a "no new patients" doctor, I once saw a newcomer being allowed to stay, right then, to wait his turn to see the doctor. I think he got his foot in the door just by turning up.
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So your ‘trick’ will not work for most people, because there is simply no capacity in some regions now including my own.
At all the practices I tried during my years of searching, the first question asked when one tried to make an appointment was name and date of birth. The receptionist then searched the practice records for your file. Someone not on file - i.e., a new patient - was obvious, and then usually the conversation usually ended right there.

The OP should be aware that simply turning up without an appointment could land you with an emergency appointment fee - that is, if you get seen.

(If it is a true emergency I believe that by law the doctor has to see you. Can anyone confirm that?)

The shortage of GPs is such that the gatekeepers are pretty well versed at keeping the fortress gates shut and the moat filled with alligators.

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On a brighter note: OP, if you are willing to go to Einsiedeln I can send you the details of the practice I go to. It's a group practice of a couple GPs and other specialists and I *think* new patients are welcome.

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Good luck with your search.
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Having trouble getting in to a doctor in my area (as a new patient) - I have been told by several that they are not taking any more new patients. Is this common?
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(If it is a true emergency I believe that by law the doctor has to see you. Can anyone confirm that?)
Yes, a doctor is expected to act in case of emergency, even if there is no existing patient-doctor relationship. But a GP with an unexpected emergency patient will do emergency measures (check airway, breathing, circulation) and call an ambulance....true emergencies (heart attack, bleeding, intense pain etc) need to be at the hospital not in the GP surgery.

Even for existing patients, it's a quick once over for immediate fixes then off to the hospital for "imminent doom" problems! (at least that's what I saw in my Hausarzt praktikum.....)
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