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Choosing a [medical] specialist

Hello,

I've recently moved to CH, and thanks to our good friend Covid, I brought a need for surgery with me (I had UK insurance, but no minor surgery was being performed in the UK as all private practitioners were retasked to helping the NHS then clearing urgent backlog)

I've taken out insurance with Sanitas, but they say they cannot give recommendations and that I am free to choose...

Is there any method for rating or choosing specialists (or even reliably identifying them)? I know the procedure I need and it would fall under general surgery, but how do I check if a practitioner delivers that procedure?
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Old 05.01.2021, 17:43
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Re: Choosing a specialist

Looking at your local hospitals to see what departments they've got would be a good start.

But I've seen many specialists over the years and have had no issues with any of them. Nowadays, I choose one younger than me, as I want them to not retire while I'm under their care!
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Re: Choosing a specialist

If you have had time to build a rapport with your GP I would start there. I am super happy with the specialists I have seen through the referrals from my GP. Also you are under no obligation if you don’t like them. Should you need a plastic surgeon or kidney specialist in Zurich PM me and I can give you further details. Good luck!
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Looking at your local hospitals to see what departments they've got would be a good start.

But I've seen many specialists over the years and have had no issues with any of them. Nowadays, I choose one younger than me, as I want them to not retire while I'm under their care!
LOL, I started doing that as well.
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If you have had time to build a rapport with your GP I would start there.
Second this. Out my way, it can be difficult to see a specialist without a GP referral.

It's often a question of availability and managing schedules rather than insurance; most of the specialists I have seen require a referral regardless of insurance type.

You might not run into this living in an area where there are more doctors, though.

Nonetheless, a GP referral can also help you get an appointment sooner than you might be able to get on your own.


All the best with your surgery.
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Re: Choosing a specialist

Hello Pehi,

Also relevant, what are the terms of the insurance with Sanitas? I pay the cheapest insurance and one of the conditions is that I must meet with a general doctor before talking to any specialist. If the general doctor writes a referral, the insurance covers the costs of the specialist, otherwise a big no.

As others said, a written referral from the general doctor can make things easier. Once I had a problem that required surgery, and I don't know what the doctor wrote that I went under surgery one week later.
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