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US vs. Portugal Healthcare


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Hello--Healthcare in the US is basically an a-la-carte system, primary healthcare is separate from dental care, eye care and prescription drugs. I assume healthcare in Portugal (private or public systems) are "all-inclusive" meaning dental, eye and drugs are not "separate" plans and are all included. Is this generally correct? Thank you in advance.

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Dentistry and eye care are not included in the National Health Service here. Drugs however are. Most drugs have to be paid for under the NHS but at discounted prices.

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Thank you hartmill for the clarification. 😀 I never heard this aspect discussed so I wasn't sure. Regards.

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Hi, Welcome to expats! Public healthcare here in Portugal is not my strong suit. I have always used the private system since I became severely ill in 2018 and required admission for 4 days. I got sick and decided to go to the international clinic in Albufeira, Algarve because they were recommended if I did not know enough Portuguese to navigate the public system. So I went to the HPA private clinic. I received good care and was told to return immediately if I got worse. I did get worse and returned in 2 days. I was sent by ambulance to the HPA hospital in ALVOR. I was in the ER for 5 hours, I had 3 specialists there, an x-ray and a CAT scan of my chest plus multiple lab draws. I was then on a "step down" unit with heart monitor, Oxygen, 2 IV's and every 4-hour around the clock breathing treatments, IV antibiotics and steroids. I was discharged at dusk on the 4th day. (not counting the ER admission day) My entire bill including the specialist follow-up was less than 4,000 euros !!! 

Until this year 2021, we have used our US insurance by paying cash for care & meds then getting reimbursed. This year we signed up for private health insurance. Our private insurance includes 15 euro visits to the dentist, and full coverage for glasses (frames & lenses). doctor visits are 15 or 18 euro depending on the level of care. If you are interested in more information, send me a PM and I can put you in touch with the agent or answer more questions. To send a PM, click on my name which should take you to my profile page, then click on messages, on the right hand side, you can send me a message.

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Thank you Peggy for your kind reply and PM navigation assistance. I’ll follow-up w/a PM. Regards. —maurice

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@maurice

reply finally sent

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