Monday, January 26, 2009

English Speaking Doctors in Switzerland

One of the most stressful things about living in another country is trying to find a doctor you can communicate with. That's the topic of my column in Swiss News this month. You can read it on the Swiss News website

Speaking of doctors you can talk to, if anyone is looking for an American dentist in the Zurich/Baden area, I can recommend Dr. Dehn. He grew up in Chicago, and has a degree from the University of Illinois. (A very fine school, although maybe I'm a bit biased.) His assistants and secretaries don't speak English, but based on my experience, he'll call you personally to follow-up after your appointment to make sure things are fine. And while you're there, he might even ask you if you'd like a cup of tea.

If any of you have a great English speaking doctor in Switzerland, please leave a comment.


juanitatortilla said...

What a nice read!
I have made a list of doctors, dentists, and vets near my home, arranging them by 'Distance & Travel Time' (because I imagine the worst case scenarios and that I'd be in dire need of medical help).

I suppose what I should have done was to arrange my list of medical help in 'English? Yes. No.' order.
Sigh, I wouldn't know until I call to find out eh?

MrsTina said...

I have found that Hopital La Tour In Meyrin (near Geneva) has some English speaking doctors. It is also the only place my expat health insurance is valid.

Swiss Miss said...

Thanks for your tips!

Amanda said...

My doctor, Dr. Doris Geiger, in the small town of Au, St. Gallen speaks some English. At first she claimed that she only knew "ein wenig", which worried me. In slow and clear speech, I explained the reason for my visit and she clearly understood everything I said. Despite a heavy accent and a few blank stares, we were able to communicate just fine. My friends in the next town over (Heerbrugg) say they have similar experiences with their doctors: not 100% fluent in English, but they speak enough to get by.

naechstehaltestelle said...

I have Dr. Suter in Lucerne. I had another doctor (who I won't name) that said he spoke English, but one time I went to him I had to resort to drawing picture because he had no idea what I was saying. For clothes shopping or something, this is not a big deal, but medical care is one of those things you just shouldn't compromise on.

Swiss Miss said...

I agree. Communication is essential when it comes to medical care!

Anonymous said...

Dr Irene Bonsall, GP is Basel's english-speaking family GP and general medical doctor.

Urs Graf Strasse 12
4052 Basel
Telephone: 061 312 34 12

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