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Switzerland - Doctors, Dentists and Other Health Services
In Switzerland adults must arrange and fund their own routine, corrective and cosmetic dental care and that of their children, although children do receive an annual dental check-up at school which is usually free. If you wish to claim back a portion of costs you would need to take out a supplementary health insurance policy as this will not otherwise be covered. As a private patient, you are free to see any dentist you choose. Dentists will ask new patients for a pre-payment against costs and this will be used to cover treatments up to the value of the pre-payment. After that you will generally be billed following treatment.
You are free to make an appointment with one of the many counselling services in Switzerland. You will not be covered on your insurance for this. If you need medication or more formal assessment and treatment for psychological issues, your doctor will be able to refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist and you will be able to reclaim the usual portion of costs via your health insurance company.
For telephone counselling or emergency help for yourself or someone you know, you can call the Swiss equivalent of the Samaritans anonymously on 143. This service is called die dargebotene Hand in German and La main tendue in French. Children and teens can call a specialist line on 147. There is also a service for parents in need of support and this is called Elternnotruf.
Register of Swiss health professionals
Register of Swiss dentists
Die dargebotene Hand / la main tendue (Samaritans)
Crisis telephone service for emotional support and suicide prevention
Crisis telephone service for children and young people
Support for parents in times of crisis
Tel: 0848 35 45 55
English-language support for recovering alcoholics
See website for contact details of regional groups
Drug addiction support
Gebiet deutschsprachige Schweiz, Postfach 360, 4010 Basel
Tel: +41 (0)61 312 48 08
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