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Old 21.11.2011, 09:14
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Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

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Does anyone knows why do we pay a "pauschale" when buy medicines in CH, I do not understand why you pay the price of the medicins plus 8 or more CHF additional.

Does all the pharmacies in CH are so o there is another way to just pay the price of the product like in EU?

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Old 21.11.2011, 09:20
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

This is supposed to be for the advice the pharmacist gives you.

Try another pharmacy, many do not charge this extra cost

http://www.sunstore.ch/storeLocator.aspx
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Old 21.11.2011, 09:25
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

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This is supposed to be for the advice the pharmacist gives you.

Try another pharmacy, many do not charge this extra cost

http://www.sunstore.ch/storeLocator.aspx
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I went to the coop apotheke and they charge me like 12 CHF more for some tablets and I asked the pharmacist why do I have to pay extra for this... and she said that everywhere in CH is like that and she was very rude.
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Old 21.11.2011, 09:25
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

This is new an a total rip-off by chemists who already have a strangle hold and where you buy aspirins in Switzerland. It is supposedly for advice - which of course your doctor already gave when he prescribed.

It can be avoided and a very small discount achieved on orders by buying your medicaments through direct dilevery companies like 'zur Rose'.

In canton Zurich doctors can now sell medicines too...
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Old 21.11.2011, 09:43
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH



I have fortunatelly never encountered this fee. I don't know if it's because I either get my medicaments directly from the doctor, or when I go to the farmacy I simply say "box of medicament X". No advice is given...

I have to say, this is one of those novelties that tingle in my "WTF Alarm".
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Old 21.11.2011, 11:14
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

Next time they give me advice and spend time trying to and sell me something homeopathic; they're getting a bill for wasting my time.
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

Fortunately I've not come across this either. I've never heard of anything so ridiculous but we are in Switzerland so we should expect to have to pay I suppose.
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Old 21.11.2011, 12:24
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

never heard of this. tell them to go jump, and refuse to pay.
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Old 21.11.2011, 12:56
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

I think it may have something to do with the kind of medication you are buying, and if it needs to be checked by the pharmacist or if the pharmaceutical assistant can hand it over without having the pharmacist check the prescription.

I have noticed that when I'm getting a more 'general' medication (eye drops, for example), I don't get charged this... but when I was getting more powerful medications that needed to be checked by a pharmacist (e.g. antidepressants) I did get charged... if I remember correctly CHF 4.50 from Sunstore. I don't know if it's linked with the fact that some medications you can either buy over the counter or have prescribed, but some are prescription only?

I have to say it doesn't bother me... but then until recently I was spending so much on medication on a regular basis that the CHf 4.50 charge was just a drop in the ocean.
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Old 21.11.2011, 13:01
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

It's for perscribed medicines, paying cash at the time usually ensures it's dropped, if not I go elsewhere. It's one of those things if insurance is paying........

Many chemists in the French part advertise that they don't charge the extra.
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Old 21.11.2011, 14:22
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

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It's for perscribed medicines, paying cash at the time usually ensures it's dropped, if not I go elsewhere. It's one of those things if insurance is paying........

Many chemists in the French part advertise that they don't charge the extra.
Never heard of it, and certainly never paid it. Most of my own meds are billed to SUVA, but some, and some of my wife's, I just pay for on the spot and pay the price of the meds only.
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Old 21.11.2011, 14:45
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Re: Pauschale when you buy medicines in CH

According to my Doctor the extra charge started when Dr's were given the right to dispense medicines themselves rather than patients having to go to the pharmacy to collect them.
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I 've not paid it in Bern, but then I get almost all of my many fun medications from my various doctors.
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