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Doctors that come to the house Geneva area

Can anyone recommend a good family doctor in Geneva who comes to the house ? I live on the right bank.
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Re: Doctors that come to the house Geneva area

Do you need this in general, or do you need medical help right now (middle of the night)?

If right now:
Have a look at the back of your medical insurance card. There is usually a 24-hour phone number on there, to call for help, and they will advice you whom to call, or, if they determine that it is an emergency, they will organise a house-call doctor to visit you.

If you already have a doctor you know, phone their rooms, even at night, and there may be a tape-recorded message with emergency numbers. In fact, even if you do not know a doctor, you could just pick any out of the phonebook and phone their rooms/practice/surgery and after a while, you will probably find one that refers you to the doctors who are on call.

Emergency phone numbers in Geneva:
https://www.angloinfo.com/how-to/swi...cies-in-geneva

Pediatric (but also some other) emergency services in Geneva
https://www.parentville.ch/pediatric-emergency/

When you call any of these numbers, you may have to speak to a number of people. First the telephonist, who is not medically qualified. She/he assessed the blank facts, and may ask for details such as the age of the patient and possibly an insurance number. The next person will be a nurse, and you'll have to start all over again, while she/he tries to assess whether you need advice, or have an emergency. In that latter case you'll be put through to a doctor, who will decide whether or not to come to the patient's home, to direct you to get the patient to hospital, or to send an ambulance. This whole process may be interrupted several times, and they may need to call you back a few times. Don't lose patience, just keep supplying them with as much info as you can. Tell them immediately there is any deterioration.

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Re: Doctors that come to the house Geneva area

I see the "online doctor" is becoming a thing in CH now.

Example https://medi24.ch/en/

Would that do?


Seems to be partnered with different insurers .
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Re: Doctors that come to the house Geneva area

Thank you both for your feedback. Sorry if I was not clear enough. With "family doctor" I meant a doctor who can come regularly to the house and I was hoping there might be members who could recommend a doctor from personal experience
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Thank you both for your feedback. Sorry if I was not clear enough. With "family doctor" I meant a doctor who can come regularly to the house and I was hoping there might be members who could recommend a doctor from personal experience
This is very unusual in Switzerland. Some family doctors agree to pay house calls to elderly patients who can’t easily leave their place anymore, but even that is getting rare.

I don’t think you’ll find a doctor who agrees to come to your place except in extreme emergencies.
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Re: Doctors that come to the house Geneva area

Actually, it is not unusual. There are lists of individual doctors on the internet and also lists of companies who have their own lists of doctors that can come to the house regularly. The problem is to find a good doctor.
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Actually, it is not unusual. There are lists of individual doctors on the internet and also lists of companies who have their own lists of doctors that can come to the house regularly. The problem is to find a good doctor.

The problem is to make clear why the doctor should come to the house. A good medical reason or for a cup of coffee?
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The problem is to make clear why the doctor should come to the house. A good medical reason or for a cup of coffee?
I can imagine a couple of reasons:

- you have difficulties moving, e.g. on crunches
- you are a very busy person and have enough money to pay for extra conveniences, yet are an ex-pat and don't have a long-term relationship with local doctors
- you have a weak immune system and want to avoid visiting doctor's office, especially in times of covid

I guess less than 5% of the population probably qualifies for any of similar reasons. Still it would be good to have the option.
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