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GHIC In Switzerland...too much experience!

 Poster: A snowHead
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This has been an interesting week...
Arrived a week ago feeling fine...but the next day far from it.
By Friday I had a hacking cough, pain down my breathing tubes and a very sore throat...time to see the Doctor.

So armed with my GHIC off I went... antibiotics and a special inhaler.
But...the doctor refused to use the GHIC because in their experience it is always refused by the UK and so the doctor doesn't get paid.
They were very apologetic and rather upset for the consequences for the patients, notable the large number of UK Army who fill the slopes for six weeks of December and January for a regular exercise.

So far, so bad...but I did speak to the GHIC people and they were very surprised and if submit receipts then I'll get my refund directly.
Annoying but manageable.

Just before setting out to go skiing... suddenly, without any warning
Terrible pain, unbelievable pain, from nowhere, no ramp up, like a switch being turned on. Vomiting with the pain. Unable to move with the mega pain Eh oh!

I called the doctor and she said go to the hospital NOW!
So my wife drove me.

The reaction at the ER was great, very thorough examination, that were obviously focussed on a possible stroke, but that was clearly not the case, even I could see that.
I was given a CT Scan and got the all clear an hour later...and by then the pain was reduced.

The diagnosis?
None really...but the doctor was very reassuring that there was nothing to worry about...maybe it first ever migraine.

The good news was that the hospital accepted the GHIC without question.
Nothing to pay, nothing to reclaim, nothing to do.

So I am OK
GHIC works perfectly for the expensive stuff in hospital, but not at my GP here (EHIC worked fine).

All's well that ends well
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Not ended yet. Take it very easy and avoid going up to higher altitude for a few days while you check there's no part III.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?

Not ended yet. Take it very easy

This. Do take it very easy.
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Sounds like its good you had the GHIC, its a bit of a good thing. But assume you had travel insurance as a back up.
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
No travel insurance...
We have our own place here so can stay as long as we like within reason.
GHIC does cover medical needs
Lift pass insurance covers ski rescues.
Breakdown insurance covers the car journey.
I really can't see what the point of travel insurance would be....any residual risk is I guess self insured in a way
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I can see, and I guess travel insurance might be quite expensive if you stay for a lot of days or not even an option for long stays. Lucky that the GHIC is around then.
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