Unforeseen medical treatment
- Call 112
- You can go directly to
- public health centres (Centros de Saúde)
- round-the-clock services (Serviços de Atendimento Permanente)
- hospitals (in an emergency)
- National Health Service website (in Portuguese)
Treatment, coverage & costs
Doctors / Dentists / Hospital treatment
- Public healthcare is generally provided free of charge. In some cases, however, a standard fee may be payable.
- Part of the cost of medicines listed in the “Official List of Medicines Subsidised by the Health Services” is covered by the state. You will have to pay the rest upfront. The proportion varies between 10% and 85% of the price.
- Pharmacies are usually open from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturdays they are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Lists of pharmacies providing 24-hour service are available at any pharmacy.
- No information available.
- No information available.
- You cannot obtain reimbursement during your stay in Portugal.
- If you have to pay for your care, contact your national health insurance to claim reimbursement once you return home.
- Healthcare under the Portuguese National Health Service (NHS) is usually free, though you may be required to pay a standard fee.
- Standard fees are sometimes charged to avoid unnecessary use of public health services.
- Children up to the age of 17 and pregnant women are exempt. Certain other exceptions are also made.
Dialysis, oxygen & chemotherapy
- These treatments must in principle be arranged beforehand between the insured person and the hospital/unit providing the treatment in order to ensure that the treatment is available during the insured person’s stay in Portugal.
- A prescription or medical report confirming the chronic disease is required.
For further information:
Dialysis – Here is a list of providers that have agreements with the Portuguese National Health Service.
Chemotherapy - Contact the Portuguese National Health Service hospital in the area you are staying in.
Oxygen therapy - Here is a list of providers that have agreements with the Portuguese National Health Service:
Apartado 707, Valrico
Tel: +351 256 808 001
fax: +351 256 800 059
http://www.acailgrupo.pt/gas.asp (in Portuguese)
Gasoxmed-Gases Medicinais SA
Zona Industrial Maia I Sector VIII-Lote 15
(Nogueira e Silva Escura)
http://www.gasoxmed.pt/ (in Portuguese)
Linde Portugal, Lda.
Av. Inf. D. Henrique, Lt. 21/24
Tel.: +351 218 310 420
Fax +351 218 595 997
Est. Nacional, 13, Km 6,4
Tel.: +351 (22) 9438320
Fax: +351 (22) 9486920
Vitalaire - Air Liquide Medicinal SA (Avintes)
Rua 5 Outubro 5005, Avintes
Tel.: +351 214 124 500
Fax +351 227 868 200
http://www.airliquide.pt (in Portuguese)
How do I apply for an EHIC?
Doctors & hospitals accepting the EHIC
Loss of card
Contacts for holders of EHICs issued in Portugal
Administração Regional de Saúde do Norte
Rua de Santa Catarina, 1288
4000 – 447 Porto
Tel: +351 220 411 000
Administração Regional de Saúde do Centro
Alameda Júlio Henriques S/n
3001 – 553 Coimbra
Tel: +351 239 796 800
Lisbon and Tagus Valley
Administração Regional de Saúde de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo
Av. Estados Unidos da América, N.° 77
1749 – 096 Lisboa
Tel: +351 218 424 800
Administração Regional de Saúde do Alentejo
Largo do Jardim do Paraíso, N.º 1
7000 – 864 Évora
Tel: +351 266 758 770
Administração Regional de Saúde do Algarve
E.N. 125 Sítio das Figuras, lote 1, 2º andar
8005 – 145 Faro
Tel: +351 289 889 900
Serviço de Saúde da Região Autónoma da Madeira, E.P.E.
Avenida Luís de Camões, 57
9004 – 514 Funchal
Tel: +351 291 236 525 or +351 291 213 280
Direção Regional de Saúde dos Açores
Solar dos Remédios
9701 – 855 Angra do Heroísmo
Tel: +351 295 204 273