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Portugal: health system review.

Simões, José Alberto, Augusto, GF, Fronteira, I and Hernández-Quevedo, C. (2011) Portugal: health system review. Health Systems in Transition, 19 (2). pp. 1-184. ISSN 1817-6119

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The Portuguese population enjoys good health and increasing life expectancy, though at lower levels than other western European countries. All residents in Portugal have access to health care provided by the National Health Service (NHS), financed mainly through taxation. Co-payments have been increasing over time, and the level of cost-sharing is highest for pharmaceutical products. Approximately one-fifth to a quarter of the population enjoys a second (or more) layer of health insurance coverage through health subsystems and voluntary health insurance (VHI). Health care delivery is based on both public and private providers. Public provision is predominant in primary care and hospital care, with a gatekeeping system in place for the former. Pharmaceutical products, diagnostic technologies and private practice by physicians constitute the bulk of private health care provision.

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Additional Information: © 2011 World Health Organization 2011, on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 14:03
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2024 01:36

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