The health system in Portugal: the challenge of health inequalities and financial sustainability

A new HiT review reports on the state of the Portuguese health system.

Since the financial crisis, health sector reforms in Portugal are guided by the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the Portuguese Government and three international institutions (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) in exchange for a €78 billion loan agreed. While measures mainly focus on containing costs and improving efficiency to ensure financial sustainability, significant health inequalities persist and quality and accessibility of care in the National Health Service is likely to be negatively affected by the budget cuts. Future investments in human resources and infrastructure will be crucially needed to tackle these challenges.

The Portuguese HiT health system review is launched on 27 April in Lisbon in the presence of Health Minister Adalberto Campos Fernandes.