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Switzerland/Die Schweiz

Region: Europe

Area: 41,285 thous. sq. km

Capital: Bern

Big cities: Bern, Zürich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne

Climate: moderate with snowy winters in mountain areas

Languages spoken: German, French, Italian and Rumantsch

Religion: Catholic

Local time: GMT +01

Calling code: +41

Currency: Swiss franc

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club

Visa: not required by nationals of the EU, USA, Canada, UK, Norway, and Iceland; required for citizens of CIS. For more detailed information please visit: http://www.eda.admin.ch

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): Zurich

Switzerland has for many years confidently occupied leading positions among European countries by the level of its health care system development and the quality of medical services for overseas patients. Medical services here are a benchmark of quality as much as Swiss watch or chocolate. On the map of international tourism Switzerland is represented by well-reputed and excellently facilitated private and state medical centres. 

Many private Swiss clinics are located in the most picturesque corners of the country with a view of the Alps or Lake of Geneva. Their patients are accommodated in spacious and comfortable wards facilitated with all necessary conveniences: telephone, radio, television, and Internet. Standard service package also includes translator’s services, and when necessary — a person to accompany patients.

It is hard to distinguish one leading medical field in Switzerland. Local professionals achieved outstanding results practically in all fields of medicine. Switzerland is famous for highly qualified world-renowned doctors, innovative equipment, top-level services and patient care. Foreign patients arrive in Switzerland to receive medical services in the sphere of cardiology and cardio surgery, plastic surgery, oncology, ophthalmology, aesthetic dentistry, orthopaedics and traumatology, dermatology. Checkup programmes and delivery also enjoy great popularity.

In Swiss medical centres treatment is performed applying the most innovative equipment, including: state-of-the-art apparatuses for ultrasonic and isotope examinations, lasers, microscopes, portable x-ray machines, endoscopes, laparoscopes, magnetic resonance apparatuses and helical scanners, latest generation of mammographs, linear accelerators, etc.

Treatment in specialised cardiology clinics of Switzerland is based on innovative transcatheter methods and advanced technology of stunting applying a layer of pharmaceutical preparations and with antithrombotic medicament treatment. Balloon angioplasty and stent implantation are applied here for treatment of coronary heart disease, contracture of heart valves, kidney and peripheral arteries, atherectomy, valvuloplasty, radiofrequency ablation, treatment of atrial fibrillation and flutter, automatic cardioverter (defibrillator) implantation in case of life-threatening arrhythmia, chemical septal ablation, and many other extremely complex surgical intervention.

Thousands of patients come to Switzerland every year for receiving medical services in the field of plastic surgery as well. Medical centres conduct surgeries of varying complexity: from nose, eyelid, lip correction, liposuction, contour face lift to mammary gland prosthetics and serious surgeries for correction of facial and body defects received at birth, in accidents, and in civilian traumas.

The prices for provided medical services in Switzerland have always been significantly higher than in other European countries, so treatment in local medical centres is not widely available. It is a known fact that many patients from the CIS countries, Asia, and even USA choose Switzerland as a treatment and checkup destination primarily for prestige reasons.

Recommended time for treatment: June, September, October.

Switzerland offers cutting-edge medical treatment technologies and diagnostics along with luxury recovery and recreation programmes. Recovery programmes for musculoskeletal apparatus, respiratory organs and cardio-vascular system, neurological problems, organism purification and rejuvenation, immunity improvement, and increasing vital tonus are most appealing for patients from the USA, CIS countries, Western Europe. Natural thermal springs with high concentration of minerals and microelements, as well as clean air of the country’s mountain resorts play a crucial role in achieving positive results.

Bad Ragaz, Yverdon-les-Bains, and Leukerbad resorts have gained the most popularity among foreign tourists. Recovery and recreation in Switzerland are expensive, but very prestigious.

Thermal springs of the Bad Ragaz resort will relieve rheumatologic, neurologic and orthopedic problems, and produce a powerful healing effect on the cardio-vascular system. Physio-, kinesio- and balneotherapy, homeopathy and mud treatment, aromatherapy and Roman-Irish steam baths are on the list of major procedures of the resort. Effective rehabilitation programmes have been developed for recovery after serious traumas and surgeries, and are highly demanded by professional sportsmen. For rejuvenation and purification of the organism, herbal baths and wrappings, face and body therapeutic massages are applied.

All the year round, foreign patients have an opportunity to immerse in the hot thermal springs of Leukerbad, the majority of which are located right in the open air. Thermal water possesses the most powerful therapeutic qualities, heals from various diseases and physical fatigue. Also popular are various Spa procedures, balneotherapy. Oxygen, aromatic and herbal baths, mud treatment, Sharko shower, sand and light therapy, manual therapy and rejuvenation cosmetic courses need also people’s attention who want to improve their health state.

Patients with severe diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus (degenerative changes of the spine, muscles and joints, arthrosis, rheumatism), respiratory organs (chronic sinusitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, asthma), and those prescribed to undergo posttraumatic rehabilitation are offered to visit the Swiss resort Yverdon. Here they use waters from natural thermal sulphurous and magnesium springs for prevention and treatment. The complex of therapeutic and recovery procedures also includes inhalations, baths, wax and mud treatment, massages, cardio trainings, galvanization, electro- and neurostimulation.

3*- from €140;

4*- from €150;

5*- from €275.

Hotels:

Fondue (various Swiss cheeses melted and mixed with wine; traditionally served as a dip for pieces of delicious home-made bread), raclette (shepherd’s meal made of melted Swiss cheese, boiled potatoes, and white wine), rösti (first boiled, then roughly grated and fried potatoes usually mixed with bacon and served with cheese on top), popular Swiss cheese.

Rhein Waterfall (the biggest and the most powerful 23m high water cascade in Europe), Water Fountain in Geneva (140m water flow with 200km/h speed pressure in the city centre), Art and History Museum (numerous collections of relics from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome including weapon, paintings, and sculptures by Western European artists), Chillon Castle (once the crossroad between European north and south, the fortress became a ducal residence in 1160), Musée Olympique Lausanne (being extremely popular among tourists Olympic Museum Lausanne is home to everything you want to know about the Olympics, from the founding of the Olympics in Ancient Greece to how new sports are added to the competitions).
Burgerbad Therme (the largest alpine thermal spa in Europe), Zoological Garden in Basel (the zoo is a home to gorillas, rhinoceroses, crocodiles, elephants and another 600 species including rare and endangered animals), Opera House in Geneva (after destructive fire in 1951 it was rebuilt keeping much of the original 1879 exterior; the opera house holds 1,488 seats and offers fine performances).

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