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Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

I am looking for a good Hematologist and a good Rheumatologist in Zurich. Doctor.ch has them listed but how do I work out which one is good? If you had to pick one what method would you use? Pick any and hope for the best?
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

Finding good knowledgeable docs here is such a pain and burden on the wallet. Anyone been to http://www.arthroseclinic.ch/en/index.html I want to check with you before I waste my money there.
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

Your insurance should cover all but 10% of your doctor's bills, which can still amount to a lot but definitely helps. I find the staff at the University Hospital are great.
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Your insurance should cover all but 10% of your doctor's bills, which can still amount to a lot but definitely helps. I find the staff at the University Hospital are great.
Danke Kittster. I have to pay the first CHF1000 though and I am probably there already as I have been to my GP few times and privately to see a specialist Rheumatalogist so far, both could not diagnose anything specific and brushed it under the carpet hoping it will go away. While 3-4 months on I am still in pain for apparently no reason and struggling with my quality of life

Would I need a referral from my GP to go to university hospital? I went to University Hospital website and found this sub link for Rheumatology- http://www.en.usz.ch/MedicalServices...lMedicine.aspx I will give them a call on Monday and see what they say.
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

I think you normally would, but call them, see what they say. Beware, some of the desk staff are a bit unfriendly, while others are charming. I'm being treated for Lupus but as far as I understood they deal with most of the autoimmune diseases as where as "classic rheumatism stuff". They are probably a good bet because they see more complicated and obscure cases and have access to a wide range of tests. Hope they find an answer, I know how worrying it can be not to know what it is that is ailing you and sometimes even being made to feel like it's in your head...
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

I contacted the relevant department at Uni Hospital and they said I need a referral letter from my GP first. I have to waste more money to go and get a letter from my GP who did not find anything wrong in the first place.

Kittster Lupus is a tough condition. Must be very stressful for you.
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

The referral shouldn't be very expensive and it'll be worth it to get the best possible care.

Regarding the Lupus - having excellent treatment makes it more of an aside than the main show.
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

Please share names of any good rheumatologists you may know. They are unfortunately not all very good.
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

Dr. Oliver Distler is good from what I can tell. Very straightforward and not the type to go overboard on treatment if it's not necessary.
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Dr. Oliver Distler is good from what I can tell. Very straightforward and not the type to go overboard on treatment if it's not necessary.
Thanks, any idea on someone who would go forward with treatment options because it's necessary?

We have had our fair share of bad experiences, very similar to OP's and I am interested to know if there is someone who's actually interested in the science of the condition and isn't afraid to suggest further treatment options.
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Finding good knowledgeable docs here is such a pain and burden on the wallet. Anyone been to http://www.arthroseclinic.ch/en/index.html I want to check with you before I waste my money there.
I don't know, but I see it is part of Bethanien. I was directed once there because they apparently have the best ultrasound expert in the city.

However it is only covered by private insurance.

On the other hand, I am looking for someone to identify my long lasting and progressing, most likely rheumatological, condition. Any new suggestions appreciated
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

I've just been to see Dr Ciurea at the Universitätspital, and I was very impressed. He speaks excellent English, gave me a thorough check-up and explained the new treatment clearly.
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

Two of the names suggested were at Uni Zurich and I don't have much experience in getting an appointment from a doctor there. Is it possible to ask for a specific doctor or they simply assign you someone?
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

I don't know, I'm afraid. I was referred through my GP, but she was certainly able to refer me the specific specialist she wanted me to see.
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Hi! I have RA as well and I'm moving to Zurich soon. As I won't have large stock of my medication (4 weeks max), I need to find a GP or a rheumatologist in Zurich as soon as possible after moving. Could you please share your experience - how does it work? Should I (1) get the insurance (2) find a GP (3) ask for the referral? Do I actually need the referral to a specialist to get my medication or can I get it from the GP?

On a separate note, does the insurance cover chronic conditions like RA (x-ray, mra, monthly blood tests)? Do you pay for your medications for RA in full? I am a bit stressed expenses. My London insurance covered everything except medications, but I have no idea how it works in Zurich.

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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

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On a separate note, does the insurance cover chronic conditions like RA (x-ray, mra, monthly blood tests)? Do you pay for your medications for RA in full? I am a bit stressed expenses. My London insurance covered everything except medications, but I have no idea how it works in Zurich.

There is a million threads here about the Swiss system, generally you have to pay a the first 500-2000ch, depending on the deductible you select, and then mandatory private insurance pays for medical care above your deductible minus %10.

Now accidents are different, and for another thread.
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

Thank you! I read about the health system / insurance in Switzerland in general, and it's more or less clear. I was more concerned about chronic conditions like RA specifically.

In England the free State system (NHS) was highly inefficient in my case, and I have struggled for 2 years with RA (no diagnosis, no proper tests, no specialists referrals, only painkillers) before going private. Normally, a private insurance wouldn't cover RA as it was pre-condition & chronic condition, but luckily my insurance did. After two years they dropped RA coverage, but I didn't pay a penny for the most expensive part - diagnostic and selection of medication.

That's why I am wondering whether it's the same case in Switzerland. Would the main insurance de facto cover at least basic RA control or I would have to pay it myself?
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

I have psoriatic arthritis which was in the very early stages when I left the UK, so wasn't being treated. I took out the mandatory health insurance here, choosing one with a relatively expensive monthly payment but a low franchise and free choice of doctors because (a) I knew I'd need to see a GP reasonably regularly and (b) I wanted to be able to choose my own GP. Pre-existing conditions are covered by the mandatory insurance, but not necessarily by private insurance.

When I got here, one of my joints became inflamed so I went to an English GP (ex-NHS) in Zürich who referred me for x-rays to check it wasn't broken, and then to a hand specialist. The specialist referred me for an MRI scan and blood tests, and then started treatment. When it became clear that there was a underlying problem that physiotherapy was simply keeping under control, he referred me to specialists at the Universitätspital. It took a couple of weeks to see them, and now I'm back at my GP getting regular systemic treatments. The whole process has taken around five months, but I've been getting treatment throughout.

My experience so far has been that the mandatory cover is perfectly adequate for chronic conditions, and care is much faster than the NHS. I go through my GP because she understands the Swiss system, ensures I see English-speaking specialists, and I think it's important to have a single-point-of-contact for care when one has a long-term problem - but that might just be because I'm used to the GP-gatekeeper model in the UK.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

lucy_who, thank you so much! It was exactly the information I was looking for. If you don't mind I PM you regarding your GP/insurance details.
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Re: Good Hematologist, Rheumatologist in Zurich?

I know this is an old post but did you find a good hematologist? My Doctor refuses to refer me to one saying I dont have iron overload at the moment so I dont need one.
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