×
Interested in our Partner Program for businesses or our Local Guide Program for experienced expats and digital nomads? Click here to learn more.
Porto, Portugal | As a foreigner living in Porto, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like? | Expat Exchange
Expat Exchange
Free MembershipSign In
Porto, Portugal

As a foreigner living in Porto, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?

Answer this Question

We asked expats in Porto if they have access to public healthcare in Porto. And, if they do have access, what is it like. They wrote...

"Yes, as a foreigner living in Porto, you will have access to public healthcare. Portugal has a universal healthcare system, which means that all residents, including foreigners, have the right to access healthcare services. However, you may need to register with the local health center and obtain a health card. The public healthcare system in Portugal is generally of a high standard. The hospitals are well-equipped and the doctors are highly trained. Most healthcare professionals speak English, which makes communication easier for foreigners. However, it's worth noting that the public healthcare system can be slow and crowded, especially for non-emergency services. Waiting times can be long, particularly for specialist appointments and surgeries. In addition to the public healthcare system, there is also a wide range of private healthcare providers in Portugal. Many foreigners choose to take out private health insurance to access these services, which can offer shorter waiting times and a wider choice of doctors. Pharmacies are widely available throughout Porto and the rest of Portugal, and many medications that would require a prescription in other countries can be bought over the counter. Overall, while the public healthcare system in Portugal has its challenges, it provides a solid safety net for residents. As a foreigner, you should feel confident that you will be able to access the healthcare services you need while living in Porto," remarked another expat in Porto, Portugal.

Other Questions:

As a foreigner living in Porto, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?

If you live in Porto, newcomers to Porto would love to hear your answer to this question:


Porto, Portugal

Allianz Care
Allianz Care

Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
Get Quote

Allianz CareAllianz Care

Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
Get Quote

Contribute to Portugal Network Contribute
Help others in Portugal by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Portugal.

SJB Global
SJB Global

Copyright 1997-2024 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal Partners & Local Guides