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(@steve289)
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All,

Once Covid settles down, we're off to PT to find our last home.  We're turning 70 so better do this before we start getting up in years.

Interested in comments about public vs private health insurance.  Esp. any suggestions on recommended providers.

Thanks so much, and know we'll be a regular on here.

Steve & Roz

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Hi Steve & Roz

Welcome to the Forum, from the Cheese state there are 2 couples who come from Wisconsin are in the area i live. Where about are you looking to move to?

Peter

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@peterfc Hi! This is my first post in the forum. I happened to see "Wisconsin" and came running to this thread. What area do you live in that seems to attract so many Wisconsinites? It must have fabulous cheese. 🙂

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Welcome. I have been here 14 years, and have heard very few complaints about the healthcare system. As with all things here in Portugal, the service varies depending on where you are in the country. Since coming here I have had open heart surgery and a cancer removed from my head. I believe that the care I received was probably better than the U.K. I am afraid therefor I can´t comment on Private Insurers. Someone else will hopefully answer you.

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@steve289

Hello Steve & Roz and a warm welcome to our community.

Regarding the national healthcare system in Portugal (SNS), it is available to all legal residents (including expats) although there are charges for some of the services provided. Have a read through the following page on our site and there is also a link there to the SNS website.

https://expatsportugal.com/living-in-portugal/healthcare-in-portugal/

Regarding private medical insurance, I think you will find the fees much less expensive than those in USA. There are plenty of companies you can contact for quotes but here is one to give you a starting point.

https://www.tranquilidade.pt/

Finally, if you elect to see a medical specialist privately and without insurance, again the fees are nothing like those in USA. A consultation with a General Practitioner will cost Euros 40 to 50 depending on where you live and a consultation with a specialist at a private hospital can be as low as 14 Euros. It is quite easy to 'mix & match' between the national and private systems.

I hope this helps and good luck with your research.

Gerry

 

 

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Gerry 

thanks for the information. During our next visit it will be helpful to do some on the ground research. 
steve and roz

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