The highly developed Swiss healthcare system has old traditions. As far back as in the Middle Ages, medical facilities of this country were famous in the whole of Europe. Favorable healthy climate has a part to play in that. There are numerous therapeutic thermal springs in the Swiss Alps.
To get a doctor’s appointment or a place in a hospital in Switzerland, you need either make a deposit or present a health insurance card. In the absence of health insurance, you pay for medical services by cash. Despite the widely held belief, prices at Swiss clinics are not too high. Few people know that a doctor’s appointment starts at 200 EUR, and one or two-days’ comprehensive diagnostics at 2000 EUR.
Developed countries of our days show themselves by dominating in some or other field. Switzerland is known as the country that dominates the global market with its medical services. If you tell someone that you are going to Switzerland, your companion will probably think that you are going to get treatment, because the words “Switzerland” and “treatment” are practically synonymous, like the words “casino” and “Las Vegas”. Switzerland leads worldwide in such fields as neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, oncology, orthopedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery and, naturally, in many other areas. All medical facilities of Switzerland are equipped by the most advanced medical devices. Switzerland is also a recognized world leader in pharmaceutical industry.
Swiss healthcare has been known for many years as one of the most advanced in the field of treatment of many serious diseases. For example, a variety of new drugs to treat hepatitis with minimal side effects has been created in Switzerland. HIV patients also come here, because the drugs developed by Swiss doctors prevents HIV transition to AIDS (the incubation period that is 5-6 years all over the world is 20 years in Switzerland). Swiss clinics have complex medications and tools helping fight oncological diseases and use the Gamma Knife, a tool unavailable in many other countries, for non-invasive removal of tumors.
Diagnostics is the key feature of Swiss medicine. Swiss doctors never trust speculations and diagnoses made in other countries. Patients go through mini-examination before they get desired treatment procedures. If the mini-examination does not produce sufficient information and the cause of symptoms is difficult to establish, comprehensive diagnostics is performed — all within one day, because all required technological capacities are available for it.
Comfort, elimination of stress, constant observation and care are the three factors that Swiss medicine believes to be key to patient’s successful recovery after surgery and complex treatment. Swiss clinics are more like four or five-star hotels, with luxury rooms, developed infrastructure and first-rate cuisine. Doctors work on a precise schedule and no money will buy you an appointment out of turn, and the state maintains strict control over the approved prices.