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Where can I go to get emergency health care and how much it costs? Do I need certain documents?

Ukrainian nationals can stay in Switzerland for 3 months without a visa or permit, for example by staying with relatives or private individuals. In this case, the person is not required to have compulsory health insurance. They may however have travel insurance or their hosts may have taken out guest insurance.

Persons in need of protection submit an application for temporary protection (S status) at a federal asylum centre or via RegisterMe mceclip0.png. If they are dependent on social assistance, they are then retroactively registered for compulsory health insurance by the canton from the date on which the application was submitted. The cost to the cantons of premiums and co-payments (deductibles and retention fees) are subsidised by the federal government with the payment of global lump sums.

However, make sure to read the insurance you receive. Not every treatment is automatically covered by the health insurance. The state will pay for the health insurance. However, not every treatment is automatically covered by the health insurance. Make sure to find out what treatments are covered before you engage any treatment. More information here mceclip0.png.

Persons who are not dependent on social assistance must fulfill the health insurance obligation independently by taking out insurance with a health insurance company within 3 months of submitting the application - with retroactive effect to the date of the application. These persons pay the premiums and co-payments themselves.

If a person in need requires immediate medical assistance even before applying for protection status S and has no health insurance, the costs will be covered by the cantons or the cantonal welfare assistance and emergency aid.

If you have any questions about cancer therapies, medication or cancer in general, contact the Cancer League's mceclip0.png advice and information helpline.

To call an ambulance dial 144. Emergency health services are available for all in need. The public authorities will cover the costs for persons without health insurance.

The hotline is also open: 0041 58 387 77 20.

Can I talk to a doctor in Ukrainian/Russian?

There is no information about Ukrainian-speaking doctors in Switzerland.

You can find information on health care in Switzerland on Swiss Red Cross website mceclip0.png and Federal Office of Public Health FOPH website mceclip0.png.

They have also put in place a hotline to answer your questions: 0041 58 387 77 20.

Where can I go to fill my subscriptions or treat long-term conditions and how much it costs?

In Switzerland, you can buy over-the-counter medicines in pharmacies. These are simple headache pills, nausea and cough medicines. You pay for them yourself, there is no compensation from the health insurance fund. In some cantons, you can get these medicines for free at refugee agencies. In contrast to Ukraine, Switzerland even requires a prescription for light antibiotics such as amoxicillin.

You can get a prescription from a doctor. You can find information on health care in Switzerland on Swiss Red Cross website mceclip0.png and Federal Office of Public Health FOPH website mceclip0.png.

They have also put in place a hotline to answer your questions: 0041 58 387 77 20.

If you are a cancer patient please find hereafter some information by the Swiss Cancer League: Krebspatient:innen aus der Ukraine auf der Flucht mceclip0.png.

I am pregnant, where can I get gynecology care?

Where to go in case of pregnancy may differ in different cantons. As a rule, you can visit a specialist (gynecologist). Check with the Social Security Office of your locality where you should go for a check-up and consultation in case of pregnancy.

You can find information on health care in Switzerland on Swiss Red Cross website mceclip0.png and Federal Office of Public Health FOPH website mceclip0.png.

They have also put in place a hotline to answer your questions: 0041 58 387 77 20.

Can I get vaccinated against Covid? Do I need certain documents?

You can get vaccinated against coronavirus directly at the Federal Refugee Center or from your family doctor. For others, contact your family doctor or the institution designated for this authority in your canton.

The canton of Zurich has prepared a Memo in Ukrainian on the topic of Coronavirus vaccination mceclip0.png.

Can I benefit from public health care?

Once you apply for protection status S, you receive health insurance and with it access to the same health services as residents of Switzerland. This health insurance covers not only emergency medical care, but also many other regular medical services needed in case of illness or pregnancy. If you're not sure which services are covered, check with your doctor or the Social Security Administration on a case-by-case basis. Dental services are usually not covered by the health insurance fund. However, some cantons also pay for dental services. If you are unsure, ask your local welfare office in advance.

More health care information here mceclip0.png.

Do I need to register in order to obtain health coverage and if yes how?

Ukrainian nationals can stay in Switzerland for 3 months without a visa or permit, for example by staying with relatives or private individuals. In this case, the person is not required to have compulsory health insurance. They may however have travel insurance or their hosts may have taken out guest insurance.

Persons in need of protection submit an application for temporary protection (S status) at a federal asylum centre or via RegisterMe mceclip0.png. If they are dependent on social assistance, they are then retroactively registered for compulsory health insurance by the canton from the date on which the application was submitted. The cost to the cantons of premiums and co-payments (deductibles and retention fees) are subsidised by the federal government with the payment of global lump sums.

However, make sure to read the insurance you receive. Not every treatment is automatically covered by the health insurance. The state will pay for the health insurance. However, not every treatment is automatically covered by the health insurance. Make sure to find out what treatments are covered before you engage any treatment. More information here mceclip0.png.

Persons who are not dependent on social assistance must fulfill the health insurance obligation independently by taking out insurance with a health insurance company within 3 months of submitting the application - with retroactive effect to the date of the application. These persons pay the premiums and co-payments themselves.

If a person in need requires immediate medical assistance even before applying for protection status S and has no health insurance, the costs will be covered by the cantons or the cantonal welfare assistance and emergency aid.

If you have any questions about cancer therapies, medication or cancer in general, contact the Cancer League's mceclip0.png advice and information helpline.

What does public healthcare cover?

Once you apply for protection status S, you receive health insurance and with it access to the same health services as residents of Switzerland. This health insurance covers not only emergency medical care, but also many other regular medical services needed in case of illness or pregnancy. If you're not sure which services are covered, check with your doctor or the Social Security Administration on a case-by-case basis. Dental services are usually not covered by the health insurance fund. However, some cantons also pay for dental services. If you are unsure, ask your local welfare office in advance.

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Where can I go to get mental health support and how much it costs? Do I need certain documents?

Persons wishing to receive psychological help should contact a central institution, such as a psychiatric service or a family doctor. Contact the social security authorities of your locality to find out where to go. In order for the health insurance fund to pay for psychological or psychiatric treatment, you need a referral from a doctor. You can get it from your family doctor. It can also help you find the right course of treatment.

You can find information on health care in Switzerland on Swiss Red Cross website mceclip0.png and Federal Office of Public Health FOPH website mceclip0.png.

They have also put in place a hotline to answer your questions: 0041 58 387 77 20.