All residents in Portugal have access to health care provided by the National Health Service, financed mainly through taxation. Many measures have been adopted to improve the performance of the health system, including public–private partnerships for new hospitals, a change in hospital management structures, pharmaceutical reforms, the reorganization of primary care and the creation of long-term care networks. At the 2013 World Health Assembly, health financing and the impact of the economic crisis on health was the focus of a bilateral meeting between WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health of Portugal.
Top storyMember States to reflect on 10 years of progress in public health and set health priorities for Europe at RC69
On 16–19 September 2019, health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region, along with partner organizations and civil society, will gather for the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC69).
- Member States to reflect on 10 years of progress in public health and set health priorities for Europe at RC69
- World Cancer Day: action for protection against cervical cancer
- Portuguese Health Literacy Action Plan helps people to help themselves
Ministry of health
Ministry of Health
Av. João Crisóstomo, 9, 6º
Tel.: +351 21 330 5159
Fax: +351 21 330 5161
Data and statistics
Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2011)
More data and statistics