You need to speak to the co-ordinator in your UK Dialysis Unit, who will contact the dialysis unit in Portugal nearest to where you will be staying. The provision of dialysis will be subject to availability in Portugal.

This article is a little out-of-date (eg E111 has been replaced by EU Health Card etc.) and anyone moving to Portugal should also speak to a current ex-pat resident in the area they plan to live as facilities and approaches vary around the country

Also read our advice about travelling with other conditions:

You might want to save 112 in your phone before you travel.

If you plan to take up official residence in Portugal and contribute to Portuguese social security, you will be have access to the public healthcare system provided by The Portuguese Serviço Nacional de Saúde (SNS), however not all treatments and services are fully subsidised.

Prenatal care also takes place at the hospital.During the first appointment, the mother-to-be will receive a Pregnancy Booklet (Boletim de Saúde da Grávida) in which her doctor will record ongoing medical information as the pregnancy progresses.

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Ensure your EHIC is valid before you travel. In most cases, you will have to use the authorised oxygen company for the country you are travelling to. You will also have to make your own arrangements, including arranging for permission from your hotel to deliver and install the equipment. There may also be additional costs that the EHIC will not cover.

You may need to liaise with a different team, depending on the exportable benefit. Further information is available under Claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad on the GOV.UK website. Please note that different exportable benefits can have different rules in terms of healthcare cover.

Private insurance is available for hospital visits and specialist treatment.

Once you have registered your S1 in Portugal, you will be entitled to apply for and use a UK-issued EHIC to access state-funded necessary medical treatment when you visit other EEA countries. 

Health in Portugal is characterized by the existence of a high quality healthcare system (ranked as the 9th best in Europe and 12th in the World), allowing the country to achieve good rankings in several health indexes.

Doctors do not routinely make house calls. If you need a doctor in an emergency, call 112 or go to the nearest state health centre (centro de saúde) or the A&E department of the nearest state hospital.

A number of health insurance networks exist in Portugal, with the larger ones being the Multicare (part of Fidelidade insurance group), the AdvanceCare (joint venture of several insurance corporations) and the Medis (part of BCP group).

Here is a guide to healthcare in Portugal, including health insurance, hospitals, pharmacies, dental care, having a baby and maternity benefits in Portugal.

A list of pharmacies providing a 24-hour service is available from any regular pharmacy.

If any of your medicines fall into the controlled drugs category, you need to comply with regulations on drugs exports in the UK. You should also contact your nearest Portuguese consulate.

Once issued, register the S1 form with the relevant authority in Portugal. Often you need to do this before you can register for healthcare or obtain a medical card.

I would like to see a doctor – Gostaria de ver um médico

Pharmacies in Portugal are widely available and easily accessible. They can be found in most town centres and shopping malls.

Hospital services are provided with a discount, and sometimes even without charge, for people that are registered at a local medical centre. You should bring your SNS card with you.

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If you are on a holiday in Portugal, you are also entitled to medical care. However, you are expected to have acquired an E111 document from your birth country. The expenses will be covered by your insurance company in your home country.The number to call for emergencies is 112.

Portugal uses a co-payment system where patients are required to pay a percentage of the cost of their prescription medication.

I would like to make an appointment – Gostaria de marcar uma consulta

The most common treatments or conditions that require advanced arrangements are listed below. For all other conditions or treatments, you should consult your doctor. Remember, you must present your EHIC for all treatments abroad.

The healthcare system in Portugal is similar to the NHS in the UK. The Portuguese Serviço Nacional de Saúde (SNS) is the equivalent of the UK's National Health Service, providing hospital and local health centre services. You should be treated in the same way a Portuguese citizen would. However, not all visits to doctors or hospitals will be free of charge.

Health Care In Portugal

State healthcare is provided without charge, although state-funded dental care may not be available.

The Portuguese health system places the emphasis on cure rather than prevention and treats sickness rather than promoting good health. There’s little preventive medicine, although this has changed in recent years and there are now regular health checks for children and older people, and a full immunisation programme for children.

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This article is an extract from Buying a Home in Portugal.

Citizens of EU countries and European Economic Area (EEA) countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) are able to make payments in their home country entitling them to use public health services in Portugal and other EU and EEA countries.

Emergency services in Portugal can be reached by dialling 112.

If you are a worker posted by a UK company to Portugal, you may be entitled to health cover funded by the UK in the country you are posted to. Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for more details:

If you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment, please read our section about seeking medical treatment in Europe.

If you contribute to Portuguese social security, you and your family are entitled to free or subsidised medical and dental treatment.

Where is the nearest pharmacy? – Onde fica a farmácia mais próxima?

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