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EU/Switzerland Healthcare Agreement

Revised: June 2003
Visiting Switzerland
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.

Dentists
Dental treatment is not covered unless it results from serious illness or accident.

Hospital Treatment
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.

Ambulance Costs
You will have to pay 50% of the costs of any "medically required" ambulance transport within Switzerland, including air ambulance.
Refunds
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 218 7547).

 
 


Working in Switzerland
These healthcare arrangements also apply if you are a national of the UK or any other EU country, or a Swiss national, and you are posted to Switzerland to work by a UK employer, or you post yourself as a self-employed person.
The arrangements will apply to you and any dependent family members who go to Switzerland with you. Depending on the circumstances of your posting, you may be entitled to healthcare cover from the UK with a form E128 or a form E106.

For further information contact:

Inland Revenue
National Insurance Contributions Office
Centre for Non-residents
Benton Park View
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE98 1ZZ

Helpline telephone: within the UK 0845 915 4811
outside the UK +44 191 225 4811


 


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