EU/Switzerland Healthcare Agreement
Revised: June 2003
An agreement between the EU and Switzerland came into force
on 1 June 2002. If you are a national of the UK or any other
EU country, a Swiss national, a stateless person or refugee
and you live in the UK, you can use the form E111 to get
reduced cost immediately necessary healthcare when visiting
Switzerland. Your dependent family members and survivors
are also covered, regardless of their nationality.
Where to get
information in Switzerland
Gemeinsame Einrichtung KVG, Gibelinstrasse 25, Postfach,
CH- 4503 Solothurn /
Institution commune LAMal, Gibelinstrasse 25, Case Postale,
CH- 4503 Soleure.
Telephone : + 41 32 625 48 20; Fax : + 41 32 625 48 29
Form E111 must be produced whenever any treatment or service
is requested. You will normally have to pay the full costs
first and claim a refund afterwards. You will have to pay
a fixed charge of 70 Sfr (25 Sfr for children) for each
30 day period of treatment. This is known as the "excess
charge" or "franchise" and is not refunded.
You can normally claim back 90% of the treatment costs exceeding
the excess charge.
Doctors and Prescriptions
Go to any doctor registered with the Swiss Health Insurance
Scheme. If you are given a prescription, take it to any
chemist. Only patent medicines are covered.
Dental treatment is not covered unless it results from serious
illness or accident.
Referral to a public hospital is normally through a doctor.
In an extreme emergency, go directly to the Emergency Department
of any public hospital. Inpatient treatment in a general
ward of a public hospital is covered, but not in a semi-private
or private ward, or in a private hospital. In addition to
the excess charge and 10 % of the costs, you will have to
pay a small non-refundable fixed daily inpatient charge
of 10 Sfr for the cost of board and accommodation.
You will have to pay 50% of the costs of any "medically
required" ambulance transport within Switzerland, including
Keep all your bills and receipts. On return to the UK apply
for a refund to DWP, The Pension Service, International
Pension Centre, Medical Benefits Section, Tyneview Park,
Whitley Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE98 1BA (telephone 0191