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Old 10.04.2020, 08:40
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doctor change

Hi all,
Is allowed to change the doctor here in Switzerland?
What would be the procedure in such cases?
Any experience?
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Old 10.04.2020, 08:46
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Re: doctor change

Depends on your insurance model..

Free choice of doctor model then yes, change away.. Just find another doctor who will accept you, done.

If you have a model where you must choose a doctor from a list provided, then choose another from the list, done.

If you want a doctor who is not in the list, call the insurance and ask if they can be added, they might say yes, or if they say no, visits to that doctor would not be covered.

Check your insurance model.

I've done it, very easy..
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Old 10.04.2020, 09:08
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Re: doctor change

Yes, I choose mine from the list.

My wife's preferred doctor is not on the list, so she has the standard (and slightly more expensive) model. She also has the 300 franchise while I have the 2500.

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Re: doctor change

In Switzerland your Medical Records are your own. You should ask your 1st Dr to send them to your 2nd Dr. They might charge you for postage, but I have never been asked to.
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Re: doctor change

Explain why you are not happy with your doctor (if you don't have free choice) and the insurance company will likely be sympathetic and give you alternatives.
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In Switzerland your Medical Records are your own. You should ask your 1st Dr to send them to your 2nd Dr. They might charge you for postage, but I have never been asked to.
Or you can ask any doctor to give you the reports, right away, or to post them to you.
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Or you can ask any doctor to give you the reports, right away, or to post them to you.
Some practices would prefer sending them directly, rather than giving them to you. This was my experience with one practice.
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Yep, in Switzerland you can change as you wish ... even if you have a GP first insurance- when you have to pick another from the list. Difficult thing is to find one that will accept new patients.

There a pros and cons - we often discuss this with my ex GP and GP teacher and trainer and ex colleagues. I know people who do the rounds- they go from doctor to doctor until they hear what they want to hear, and are not told things they do not want to be told- and get the drugs and the tests they want. Not good for one's health generally, and very expensive for the system.
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Some practices would prefer sending them directly, rather than giving them to you. This was my experience with one practice.
Yes, some do prefer that, in a patronising kind of way, and I've even been told that they'll send a report to the doctor because: "you wouldn't understand it anyway"!

Pas avec moi! I just nod and reply that having the report is my right, by law, since it is about me, and it is mine. I smile and say that, of course, I understand that they might be busy right now, but I shall sit right over here and wait until they have time to print out a copy for me to take away, today. Over the years, that method has never failed me.

Fortunately, the attitude and infrastructure in my current GP's practice is up-to-date and collaborative, so I receive everything by mail, immediately.
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Yep, in Switzerland you can change as you wish ... even if you have a GP first insurance- when you have to pick another from the list. Difficult thing is to find one that will accept new patients.

There a pros and cons - we often discuss this with my ex GP and GP teacher and trainer and ex colleagues. I know people who do the rounds- they go from doctor to doctor until they hear what they want to hear, and are not told things they do not want to be told- and get the drugs and the tests they want. Not good for one's health generally, and very expensive for the system.
I had one Dr. who was retiring, and one that was senile (even his secretariat thought so). Another I changed because I moved down the lake and getting to her practice wasn't easy. I could do it on public transport, but it took 45m to an hour.
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All perfectly sensible reasons. If the receptionist knew the doctor was senile- why did she not report him - or you for same reason. 2 of OH's partners worked well into their 70s- but they were very bright and with it and aaked younger colleagues for advice on prescribing when unsure about modern options.
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Re: doctor change

If I only knew then what I know now.
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Seems you made the right decision then. Bonne chance.
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Do you have any evidence to support this claim?

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Yes. I bet you do too.
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Yes, I have met a few, too. Definitely.

A GP told me that he and the other GPs with practices in the area decided to meet up, socially, and to see whether there were ways they might support one another, or share knowledge of rules and procedures, etc.

He said the conversation very soon turned to exactly this topic.

Even though some of them had never before met, they were able to deduce each other's sub-specialities or even recent training courses. He said he knew that one of them must have done a course about chiropractic procedures (check!), because several of his back-pain patients had left. And another laughed and said: "Oh, I was so glad when you went on that course about iron levels, because some of my more tiresome tired patients migrated to you!"
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