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.

Ministry of health

Ministry of Health
Av. João Crisóstomo, 9, 6º
Lisbon 1049-062
Tel.: +351 21 330 5159
Fax: +351 21 330 5161

Areas of work

The 2014–2015 priorities for collaboration with Portugal are:
  • control and prevention of noncommunicable diseases
  • promotiion of health throughout the life-course
  • health systems strengthening and public health
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Data and statistics


Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2011)

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