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Cascais, Portugal
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Cascais, Portugal

Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Cascais, Portugal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Expats and global nomads in Cascais, Portugal share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Portugal, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

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How are healthcare services Cascais?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Cascais, they replied:

"Connect with other expats to obtain physician references and sources of private insurance so you can benefit from their research and experience. Bring copies of your medical records with you. Quality of care can be very high in Portugal's major communities. Costs are much lower, by about half, and prescriptions range from a tenth to a half of the costs in the US," said another expat.

"Public care is available to all...it's just slower and more crowded. Easily affordable private care is like 5 star service," said an expat in Cascais.

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What are emergency services like in Cascais?

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When we asked about emergency services, members in Cascais wrote:

"ClinicaCUF is a company of health care providers, with clinics in each major town between Lisbon and Cascais, and beyond....one is never more than a couple of kilometers from a clinic if living in a major city. Hospital care at the Cascais Hospital is world-class. Both ClinicaCUF and Cascais Hospital accept private and state-insured patients. ," mentioned another expat living in Cascais.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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Are common prescription medications available in Cascais?

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"Pharmacies are numerous in each major city and at least one exists in the smaller towns. Using a list from our US physicians of regularly taken medications, the pharmacies here continue to dispense this medication. Costs are at least one half less than in the US, and with some scrips can be about a tenth of the cost in the US. Pharmacists will also listen to customer health complaints and offer medication that would have required a doctor visit in the US, such as some allergy medications, cold, muscle pain, stomach ailments, headaches," mentioned another expat living in Cascais.

What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?

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"I have no Covid so I didn't use the NHS, but my husband had it and he was extremely well taken care of even when he came home for quaranteen. His Dr. would call him regularly, and appointments for tests always made as scheduled. Portugal has a great socialist Health Care," said another expat.

Are healthcare services good in Cascais?

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We asked people if they have access to good medical care in Cascais. They wrote:

"Yes, we have access to Portuguese National Health which is quite good depending on where you go. And we have a supplemental at 48 Euros per month which gives us choices and pays out quite a lot of the out of pocket expense. If we see doctors and dentists and opthalmologists who belong to our plan, costs and copays are controlled and quite low. The care has been excellent," explained one expat.

"There is a CUF private hospital in Cascais. So far, the care is excellent and the prices are a fraction of what they would be in the US," said another person in Cascais.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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