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Old 14.02.2021, 14:49
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Specialist (dermatologist) consultations

Hello,


I've been in Switzerland for a few months (in the Baden area).


I need to get my skin checked by a dermatologist. I am not familiar with the method here. In the Australian system (that I am familiar with) I would first visit my local General Practitioner who would then refer me to a specialist.


Is that the same in Switzerland? Or can I just look up a nearby dermatologist and ask for a consultation directly?


thank you,


Klim
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Old 14.02.2021, 18:55
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Re: Specialist (dermatologist) consultations

In my experience, regardless of which insurance I have had here, I was able to get into a specialist much more quickly with a referral from my GP than without. The so-called vitamin B in Switzerland is handy.

The GP is usually kept in the loop anyway via reports, etc. so it makes sense to start with them, imo.
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Re: Specialist (dermatologist) consultations

I think for dermatologists the rules are a bit different than for other specialists, as people might self-refer to a dermatologist for cosmetic reasons that would not be covered under standard health insurance.

I have expensive all-the-bells-and whistles insurance that allows me to self-refer to any specialist without needing to see a GP or call a hotline. However, a few years ago when I had a suspicious growth on my upper lip my GP still had to fill out a form stating that I was being referred to the dermatologist for medical reasons, and once at the dermatologist's office I had to submit this paperwork so my insurance would cover the visit. The staff explained that without this attestation my insurer would likely decline to pay their invoice. This has never been the case for me seeing other specialists.

I would strongly suggest the OP confirm with their health insurance not just if they can self-refer to any specialist, but if they can self-refer to a dermatologist. As I mentioned above, I think the rules for dermatology are different than other fields, and insurance will only pay if they have proof that the consultation was for a valid medical reason and not just e.g. wanting to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles around the eye.

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