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Geneva - Healthcare & Medical Treatment

Important Phone Numbers:

On-call doctors, dentists, and pharmacists: 111 (24-hours)

To locate the night pharmacies, or ask to see the night pharmacist on duty, dial 111.

The quality of living and healthcare in Geneva and Switzerland as a whole is high – Zurich and Geneva, both Swiss cities, are ranked the top (and second) cities in the world that offer the best quality of life. (Source: Mercer Consulting, years 2007 and 2008). Expatriates moving to Geneva will find excellent standards of drinking water. In 2008, smoking in public spaces is banned ("sans fume"), but smoking is permissible in certain areas, such as private hospital rooms, or in businesses that engage in the sale and consumption of tobacco (e.g. cigar bars). Smoking is also permissible in certain designated hotel rooms.

For a comprehensive listing of General Practitioners in Geneva, try the AMGE (Association des Medecins du canton de Genève) website. There are around 1,800 doctors listed with AMGE for all kinds of medical treatment – from specialist care to psychiatry. If you need to see a doctor at short notice and cannot afford to wait for your appointed date, ask for "rendezvous rapides' – this is a service provided by one of the doctors of the AMGE that will fix up a quick doctor's appointment within 3 days. Call 022 322 20 20 for more details. Home visits are possible from 7am to 11pm. For home doctor calls, try the SOS Medecins a Domicile (Tel: 022 748 49 50).

For a list of pharmacies in Geneva, try the Pharma Geneva website which is updated by the Association of Genevan Pharmacists. There is also information on SOS pharmacists. This website also updates the Pharmacy on Duty for the week, for after operating hours assistance. For dental emergencies, dial 111 and ask for the name of the "dentist de garde" (dentist on duty).

Due to the extremely high cost of healthcare in Switzerland, it is mandatory for all expatriates and their families to be adequately covered with a Swiss Insurance company for basic healthcare services. The basic or standard medical insurance must cover treatments (visit and prescriptions) made by a licensed General Practitioner and treatments received in hospitals (including examinations) that are performed in Geneva and other Swiss cantons. To compare premiums and insurance coverage offered by different insurance companies, try www.comparis.ch.

In the Geneva canton, the Hopitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG) is a general public hospital at 4, rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 1211 Geneva (Tel: 022 372 33 11). This hospital also has a children's wing (hospital des Enfants) that specialize in pediatrics (up to children age 16 years). The Clinique Generale-Beaulieu is a private hospital located in Chemin Beau Soleil 20, 1206 Geneva (Tel: 022 839 55 55). This hospital has several specialized centers (Radiology, Maternity, Physiotherapy and Functional Rehabilitation, Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery and Assisted Reproductive Technologies Center). There are also several noteworthy hospitals in nearby Lausanne or in France, depending on your needs.

For female expatriates, the Arcade Sages-Femmes is a pre and post natal care center in Geneva (Boulevard Carl-Vogt 85 – 1205 Genève; Tel: 022 329 05 55). There are also consultation sessions for baby care, maternity and parenthood.

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