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Don't forget your Rega coverage!

Just got a call from a friend currently on vacation in Graubünden. After a very successful few days at the snow garden, his 4.5 year old son broke his leg today when his skis crossed over one another. They airlifted him to Chur, and he will be fine, which is the good news. But I really hope their insurance covers the flight.

I know the chances are small of needing Rega service, but I immediately went to the Rega website and signed our family up for only CHF 70 (one year). Just a reminder to anyone who hits the slopes regularly or irregularly -- you might want to do the same!

https://www.rega.ch/en/goenner/sofort_goenner2.aspx
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Old 11.02.2010, 17:42
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Re: Don't forget your Rega coverage!

They also have jets that will come get you should you be in need of emergency surgery or something like that. A friend of mine was in a terrible car accident in Russia and they picked her up and flew her to Zurich for surgery.
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They also have jets that will come get you should you be in need of emergency surgery or something like that. A friend of mine was in a terrible car accident in Russia and they picked her up and flew her to Zurich for surgery.
Yes, I read they will do overseas things. My friends (with the son who broke his leg) are from Germany so I really don't know what their coverage is...but here in CH it's so simple for us to get it.
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Re: Don't forget your Rega coverage!

We have this too. I very much hope not to ever need it, but see it as a sort of charity donation for the benefit of everyone, a bit like paying for the Lifeboats in the UK.

It's administratively very simple; they just send you new membership cards and a 70 chf orange slip each year.

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Old 15.02.2010, 13:55
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Re: Don't forget your Rega coverage!

And it is available to all residents. Not citizens.
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Hi, anyone been helped by this awesome service? I'd like to hear about it.
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Re: Rega

Great service. I used to work as a Paramedic on the other side of the lake, and since German Air Rescue ("DRF") doesn't fly after sunset, the friendly folks from Rega kindly helped out more than once after dark. Great service, nice folks, I can highly recommend them (not that I'd ever want a ride in the back tho').
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Hi, anyone been helped by this awesome service? I'd like to hear about it.
Probably I would have enjoyed the flight if only not for the morphine-like pain killer.
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Re: Rega

A friend of ours used to fly for Rega based at the children's hospital (Kinderspital) here in Zurich. It is truly an awesome organisation and I have the greatest respect for what the pilots and the paramedics go through to try to save lives.
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Re: Rega

I know REGA well, I work with them in the aerospace industry and also shoot some of their air-to-air pictures. They have a very comprehensive website:

www.rega.ch and sign up details:

http://rega.ch/en/goenner/start_goenner.aspx

I'd recommend that everyone join them, the costs for being a patron (member):

CHF 30.- Individual CHF 40.- One-parent family (single parents and
children under the age of 18) CHF 60.- Couple (married couple or partners living at the same address) CHF 70.- Family (parents and children under the
age of 18)

Although your medical insurance may cover a rescue or accident recovery, being a REGA member is not only affordable, it helps the organization to finance the rescue of others who find themselves in difficulties in the mountains or victims of an accident who may not be sufficiently insured.
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Re: Don't forget your Rega coverage!

a few years ago a friend of mine broke his hip in a vacation resort in egypt.
He called Rega and they sent a jet to bring him back to Switzerland. Since then I became a loyal family member of the organisation. Great service and I hope I will not need them.
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Just a reminder to anyone who hits the slopes regularly or irregularly -- you might want to do the same!
Or who does serious hiking ...
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Re: Don't forget your Rega coverage!

A month ago I tried to register. After clicking the final button there was a web server error. No email received so I figured it failed.

Repeated the process with a different card (as I had doubts on the first CC). Same result. Just broken code on the screen.

Called and was told by automatic message to contact with an online form. The form requires a membership number ....

So I put 000000000000 for the membership and explained the situation not knowing if they would receive that.

Now I see on my credit cards I have been billed twice and today received an invoice for a third membership.

Called: nobody picking up.

So I can live with the 60CHF rather than 30 CHF for an important service but don't want to pay an invoice for a third. Would I be safe to ignore ?

Second question: after looking over their site I can't figure out whether there is automatic renewal ?

Don't they work out that "Some_Guy" at the same address is same person ?


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Re: Don't forget your Rega coverage!

I just paid for me and my wife by CC. All went smoothly but does the cover start from today? I got the automatic message that I will get the membership card by post in next few days. Problem is that I will will be up in the mountains tomorrow already :-) So am I still covered without having the actual membership card on me?
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Re: Don't forget your Rega coverage!

give them a call, i call them every now and then ( work related) and they answer every time.
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I just paid for me and my wife by CC. All went smoothly but does the cover start from today? I got the automatic message that I will get the membership card by post in next few days. Problem is that I will will be up in the mountains tomorrow already :-) So am I still covered without having the actual membership card on me?
If you're working in CH then your employer's mandatory accident insurance (SUVA or similar) will cover you anyway, should you need rescue on the mountains, so I woudn't worry too much about not having the official REGA card.

Been reading this back-thread and it's made me feel guilty now, such that I feel inclined to join even though I don't actually believe it gives me any more benefit than the SUVA cover I already have. They did rescue me from the clutches of two incompetent French ambulance crews and whisk me off to Basel hospital some years back, so I owe them, morally if not legally.
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Re: Don't forget your Rega coverage!

My husband just informed me that when his brother was brought to the hospital for emergency surgery by Rega, he was not a member. Now he received the transportation bill of over 4000chf. The insurance will cover 50% of that... but wow!!! He still has to pay at least 2000chf himself. Now I'm really glad we pay the yearly membership
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If you're working in CH then your employer's mandatory accident insurance (SUVA or similar) will cover you anyway, should you need rescue on the mountains, so I woudn't worry too much about not having the official REGA card.
Are you sure?

In any case, SUVA doesn't insure the rest of your family.

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My husband just informed me that when his brother was brought to the hospital for emergency surgery by Rega, he was not a member. Now he received the transportation bill of over 4000chf. The insurance will cover 50% of that... but wow!!! He still has to pay at least 2000chf himself. Now I'm really glad we pay the yearly membership
Sound fair to be honest. Normal hospital ambulance can easily cost CHF1000.
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If you're working in CH then your employer's mandatory accident insurance (SUVA or similar) will cover you anyway, should you need rescue on the mountains, so I woudn't worry too much about not having the official REGA card.
Suva will pay for rescue if you fell and broke something - yes.

Pay for rescue if you were incompetent / unlucky and got stranded / lost / stuck - debatable.

Remember, SUVA only ever pays for accidents.
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