Expat Healthcare Advice for Porto
Speak to locals (especially other expats for have been around for at least a few years) to recommend health care providers, especially specialists.
Emergency Medical Care in Porto
I'm closest to a day hospital, but I've never had to use emergency services (yet). So far, I've used only the local health clinic, which is in the public system. The private network is mostly the hospitals like CUF
Expat Health Insurance
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Quality of Healthcare in Surrounding Area
I'm waiting for a specialist referral for ophthalmology, but there's no indication of whether it's in Porto
or further afield.
Prescription medicines are dispensed by the local pharmacy, as prescribed by the doctor at the local clinic near my home. The prescriptions are sent via message directly from the doctor to the pharmacy. The one time I've had to get medication, I was prescribed 3 meds for a total of less of than 7 euros, which is cheaper than it would've been in Canada.
Expat Health Insurance in Portugal
The cost of public medical care in Portugal is affordable once you're on the National Health System.
I have not yet used the private services, so I can't compare their costs, but everyone I know who uses them (especially Americans) says the cost is relatively low.
In Portugal there are small co-pays, which are cheaper than in the States (when I lived there), but I've never had to pay a co-pay in Canada (and I've lived in 5 provinces).
6 Important Tips about Health Insurance for Expats in Portugal
Expats living in Portugal discuss health insurance options for expats in Portugal, the health letter needed for a residency application, pre-existing conditions, the cost of health insurance in Portugal and more.
Expats living in Portugal discuss health insurance options for expats in Portugal, the health letter needed for a residency application, pre-existing conditions, the cost of health insurance in Portug...
Answer Questions about Healthcare in Portugal
Help others moving to Portugal by answering a set of questions about health insurance, public healthcare in Portugal, prescription medicine, quality of medical care and emergency services.
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