How is healthcare in Portugal?

In Portugal, there is a public health care system that offers health care for free or at a low cost to those who contribute to Portuguese social security, plus their families and the elderly.

The cost of health care per capita in Portugal is lower than the EU average and the country spends a relatively low percentage of GDP on health, although this has improved in recent years. There are subsidies for prescriptions for members over the age of 65 and costs from 40% to 100% for non-essential medicine plus substantial contributions for many services such as glasses, dentures, dental and spa treatments, etc.

Public and private health care are practiced side by side in Portugal and complement each other, although public health care facilities are limited in some places.

If you prefer private health care, that is certainly possible.

It is advisable in any case where you can afford it, due to the inadequacy of the public health system and the long waiting lists for appointments with specialists and non-emergency operations in many areas.

written by ILBE staff

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