Living in Portugal
In Portugal, official services for providing healthcare to the population are organised as the National Health Service. In addition to this public service, there are freely available private health institutions and professionals.
The hospital network is made up of modern and well-equipped units, distributed throughout the country, which have long-standing relationships with the major international insurance companies.
In order to make overseas patients feel more comfortable, hospitals are implementing personalised patient care and monitoring services, with English as the language of communication.
Portugal also has an Integrated Medical Emergency System, which guarantees the fast and accurate provision of healthcare to accident victims or anyone suffering a sudden illness, and rapid response times by the emergency services.
The World Health Report by the World Health Organisation awarded the Portuguese health system number 12 in its ranking.
Where to go?
If you need to use the National Health Service, remember that you can get medical assistance at the local Health Centre nearest to you. In emergency situations, you can use the Hospital Casualty Services (serious trauma, poisoning, burns, heart attacks, thrombosis, respiratory problems, etc.).
In the event of an emergency, phone the European Emergency Number: 112. There is also an information hotline where you can get advice and assistance on health issues - Linha Saúde 24 – 808242424.
If you need to go to Hospital, the national network of units belonging to the National Health Service is available to you: www.sns.gov.pt/sns/pesquisa-prestadores/
If you have private health insurance, check whether your company has an agreement with a private hospital outside the public service.