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Health Care in Neuchatel

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Health Care in Neuchatel: Locate providers, hospitals, and medical centers to find the best health services available for expats and nomads.

The healthcare system in Neuchatel is a blend of public and private services, providing high-quality care to both residents and foreigners. The system is known for its efficiency and accessibility, with a range of hospitals and clinics available for different medical needs.

Switzerland's Healthcare System

Switzerland operates a mandatory health insurance system known as L'Assurance Maladie Obligatoire (LAMal). This public healthcare system is accessible to everyone, including foreigners, expats, and digital nomads. Public hospitals in Neuchatel, such as the Neuchatel Hospital, are well-equipped to handle serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. They are generally recommended for their high standard of care and professional staff. However, many expats also opt for private hospitals, which offer a more personalized service and shorter waiting times. Private hospitals in Neuchatel, like the Clinique Montbrillant, are known for their state-of-the-art facilities and expert medical teams.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Neuchatel

  • Neuchatel Hospital (Public) - Located in the heart of the city, this hospital offers a wide range of medical services.
  • Clinique Montbrillant (Private) - A private hospital known for its orthopedic and sports medicine specialties, located in Neuchatel.
  • La Chaux-de-Fonds Hospital (Public) - Located about 30 minutes by car from Neuchatel, this hospital is another option for expats in case of emergencies or specialized medical care.

Emergency Services in Neuchatel

Neuchatel has a reliable ambulance service that can be reached by dialing 144. The response times are generally quick, although delays may occur in peak traffic hours or in severe weather conditions.

Health Insurance Companies in Neuchatel

Popular private health insurers in Neuchatel include Groupe Mutuel, Assura, and CSS Insurance. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans to suit different needs and budgets. While some expats and digital nomads choose to use these local companies, others prefer to use specialized expat health insurance providers that offer international coverage.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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