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need neurologist in Zurich

Hey everyone
I'm moving to Zurich this fall for the next 3 years and am a little nervous about finding a neurologist. Anyone recommend one? I see one for a history of a traumatic brain injury and seizures. I tried the search function but didn't find any threads/posts about neuros. Thanks - oh yeah- preferably an english speaker!
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Sue, depending on what insurance you're able to get, you won't be able to select a neurologist at will. Talking from experience, it's hard to get private or semi-private care if you have had a traumatic brain injury or experience seizures.

If you'll have cover under work (it being temporary), it might be a different story.

Not to worry, and I'm not trying to rain on parades. If you're applying for local cover, which you'll do when you get here, you'll probably only qualify for "general" insurance. It still covers more than what an HMO covers in the US, but the rigmarole is the same - you will need to see a physician THEN get a referral to a specialist. I've had really good luck so far, even with just referred to a hospital department rather than an individual doctor.

I don't have experiences with neurologists here (yet), but have found most specialists to be very, very good at their jobs. I'm also very picky about doctors - I was put on a dose of Dilantin by a "fantastic" doctor in Chicago at 18 that overdosed me and landed me in a hospital to detox. Ever since then, I've been very wary of doctors, but I've never found a less than stellar one so far. Then again, I've only lived here five months.

What I would recommend is the following (betting that you're going to go for local cover):
1) Get a recommendation of a FANTASTIC GP here and make sure he takes general insurance.
2) Before you leave, gather up all of your (I'm assuming your) medical records, x-rays, MRIS, test results, etc., and put them together in your carryon luggage.
3) Move to Switzerland with several months of your normal medication. I moved with 3+ months' worth and felt like a drug factory moving here.
4) Apply for Swiss cover almost as soon as you land. I highly recommend Rolf Probst over at Zurich. Fill out all paperwork and turn it in as soon as possible.
5) From the moment you apply, you're covered under general insurance for the company that you choose. From then, make an appointment for a GP. If you want, also contact the insurance company to ask that you just seek out a neurologist - they may say yes, they may say no. In my experience, they say no to everything except for OB/GYN doctors.

Good luck, and PM me with any questions!
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Sue, depending on what insurance you're able to get, you won't be able to select a neurologist at will.
That's not quite true. If you have regular basic health insurance without GP/HMO restrictions you can select any specialist you want.

With most insurance companies you have a choice within the (mandatory) basic insurance ("Grundversicherung"): Either you select a plan which allows you to go directy to any doctor you want or you select a somewhat cheaper plan which requires you to go to your HMO/GP first (except for emergencies). Both types of plans are part of the basic insurance scheme and therefore accessible to anyone.

EDIT: To get an idea about what's covered click here.

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He's getting on in years, but speaks perfect English and has a good reputation:

Dr. Marco Mumenthaler
Witikonerstrasse 326
8053 Zürich

044 381 3042
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Re: need neurologist in Zurich

I went to see this neurologist a month or so ago. She was very thorough. My GP referred me to her but a friend had also highly recommended her.

Dr Barbara Vogel Wigger
Talstrasse 65
Zürich
044 217 82 22

Her office is right in the city centre.

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That's not quite true. If you have regular basic health insurance without GP/HMO restrictions you can select any specialist you want.

With most insurance companies you have a choice within the (mandatory) basic insurance ("Grundversicherung"): Either you select a plan which allows you to go directy to any doctor you want or you select a somewhat cheaper plan which requires you to go to your HMO/GP first (except for emergencies). Both types of plans are part of the basic insurance scheme and therefore accessible to anyone.

EDIT: To get an idea about what's covered click here.
Mark, if so, that's great. That was not my initial experience with Avanex, however. I had to go to the doctor, ask for a referral, then go to the 'recommended' set of doctors. I wasn't attempting to save any money, and would have paid significantly more for the ability to choose my own doctors. I had to have special permission to go directly to the OB/GYN to confirm my pregnancy!
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Mark, if so, that's great. That was not my initial experience with Avanex, however. I had to go to the doctor, ask for a referral, then go to the 'recommended' set of doctors. I wasn't attempting to save any money, and would have paid significantly more for the ability to choose my own doctors. I had to have special permission to go directly to the OB/GYN to confirm my pregnancy!
This sounds like either an HMO or GP model. Those do rely on the family doctor for a referral. However, I am surprised that you had to get a referral to an OB/GYN. It may be all that they Avanex offered, however.

To the OP - we have just the basic insurance which is pretty comprehensive. If you pick the classic model, or even telemedicine, you should have no problems going to a neuro of your choosing. A good family doctor could help you find a good specialist. And, what you might run into is that the neuro here requires a referral from a family doctor. They do that in the US as well. Doesn't matter about your insurance, but to get in to see the specialist, the specialist wants to see your history from your family doctor. (I suppose that the specialist doesn't want inappropriate patients.)
Most specialists here do speak English and many have done residencies, fellowships in English speaking countries. Have your current neuro write up for you a history that you can copy to give to both your new family doctor and any specialists.

Also note that you will not have to pay any more for your insurance because of your history than any other person of the same age and gender living in the same postcode with the same insurance plan. And you can't be refused insurance.
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He's getting on in years, but speaks perfect English and has a good reputation:

Dr. Marco Mumenthaler
Witikonerstrasse 326
8053 Zürich

044 381 3042
do you know his email by any chance ? I am an old patient of his, from before email time ..
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Re: need neurologist in Zurich

Hi I recently took an appointment with Dr. Marco Mumenthaler for next week..
Is this doctor the same as http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Mumenthaler
If yes then he must be around 87 years old.
I am now a little confused...
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