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Old 06.06.2008, 16:44
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Confused about coverage in rest of Europe on Swiss Health Insurance

I was looking at my Swiss Health Insurance card (Avanex) which has a logo on the front and a blue back with a bunch of fields. I also happen to have a "Blue card" from Sweden (standard for Swedes/Danes etc nowadays) which has exactly the same fields, but also has additional text that says "If you need to you can go to any hospital in the EU/ESS and Switzerland and show them this card to get treatment" (in short terms). The swiss card has nothing like this on it, but everything else is the same.

I thought by default I'd be covered if I left Switzerland within the EU, but maybe that's not so.

Does one always need to add extra insurance on top of the basic coverage to get this kind of coverage in case of emergencies? If so, what is it called?

I'm a bit confused about the whole thing, I figured it was just like the Swedish one.

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