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Health care for 9 months dance education stay  

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Hello everyone, I have a veery specific question concerning health insurance,but maybe someone of you has experienced something similar and can help (or just give me a link to the info):

I am Swiss coming to Porto next week for hopefully about 9 month for a dance program. For this I had to "cancel" my Swiss residency at the residents- and with it usually also my basic health insurance is cancelled for the amount of time I am away. Apparently it is possible to make some special deal with the insurance company to keep you covered abroad, but as everything in Switzerland - and especially health care - is very expensive.

Now, I was told by the Porto dance program that in order to get access to the largely free health care system in Portugal, I merely should be able to present the European health insurance card (which at this point is on the back of my Swiss health insurance card). But I have also read, that this card (and insurance) is tied to my health care in Switzerland - and if my health care in Switzerland is not running, I am also not covered in Portugal.

So my questions: Am I thinking right here? Can I just apply for temporary residency (without an income there) and also apply for entering (and of course paying for) the public health care? Would you recommend an international health insurance in my case? If yes, do you have experience with Cigna? I am in touch with them and they seem quite nice, but I have no clue if they are cool and it is a good deal.. I have to mention that my budget is very limited and I dont need any special insurances... just a basic coverage for doctor visits and hospital, especially in these crazy times.... thank you very much for your advice!

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