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Was wondering if anyone has had Cataract Surgery with or without Prescription Lens replacement here in Portugal.
Yes, my wife has.
She was worried before the operation, but when the bandages were removed and found that for the first time in her life she no longer needed glasses, she could not wait for the second eye to be done.
The implanted lenses include astigmatism correction.
All done with the state health system.
Hope you dont mind me asking but what is your status here in Portugal. We have the 5 year Residencia but I thought that we would still have to pay if I wanted eye surgery. Because we are not yet UK state pension age we do not have a S1 so not in the Portuguese health system. If you prefer to email details please let me know.
If you are officially resident here, you are entitled to the full healthcare service.
We are retired and have S1. If one of you receives state pension, then the other is counted as a dependant and also has S1 status.
As stated in the first post, we have our 5 year temporary residencia but neither of us are UK Pension age so we do not have S1
Please read the link from the UK Giv that I posted. In particular thus bit, :-
You should ensure you are properly registered for healthcare as a resident in Portugal. Private health insurance is available but is not mandatory and should not be a substitute for registering for state healthcare.
Once you are registered as a resident in Portugal, you are entitled to state healthcare. You need to register at your local health centre (centro de saúde) and get a user ID number (health number) by showing your residence certificate and your passport.
I may be wrong but, but I don´t think your age or the S1 make any difference. If you live here you are entitled. See this to obtain NHS Card https://www.acm.gov.pt/-/o-que-e-o-numero-de-utente-do-sns-e-como-obte-lo-
It should be pointed out that in some areas of the country, people have found it difficult to register at their health centre. However you are entitled!
The difference is that with the S1 it ends up being paid under a bilateral pensioners agreement.
If you have problems with your health centre refusing to register you, thne go to the ACM sute. They have the instructions in English and Portuguese. Their local CLAIM (usually in the town hall /camara) office will also assist.