In Switzerland, medical fees are very high. The basic and mandatory insurance covers risks of "sickness and insurance" and pregnancy and maternity fees, in return to a regular payment of the premiums.
Therefore it is mandatory to subscribe to a basic healthcare protection (LAMal) as soon as you arrive in Switzerland. In order to register, you need to choose a fund amongst the health insurances (see : http://www.comparis.ch or http://www.geneve.ch/social/assurance). You just need to contact the fund of your choice and register. For the mandatory insurance, there is no medical test form, because there is no possibility for the fund to refuse. The insurance department can provide some standard letters for subscription and cancellation that it is possible to download on the SAM website: http://www.geneve.ch/social/assurance
The mandatory insurance covers the following fees:
You will get the list of general practitioners in the canton of Geneva on the AMGE website. Most of the doctors who work in Switzerland speak English or German in addition to French, so you should not have difficulties. However, if you want specifically a doctor speaking your language , you can check on the AMGE website.
You will get the list of pharmacies in Geneva on the website: http://www.pharmacies-geneve.ch
The pharmacy staying open 24h is indicated here.
You can also see the Geneva hospital website:
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Geneva is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Switzerland. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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Designed for either short or long stays, APRIL International’s insurance policies offer protection against any problems that might arise before departure or during your time in Switzerland: cancelling your trip, medical expenses following an illness or accident, needing to be repatriated, causing damage to a third party or losing your luggage.
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