For any EU resident, government subsidized healthcare is available in Portugal. If you come from a European Union member country, you are entitled to free health care under the EI reciprocal health agreements. For UK residents, you will need an E111 form from the UK and submit this if health care is required during your stay in Portugal.
As Portuguese residents you are entitled to basic health care which includes essential medicines, GP appointments, etc. Most of these services have a low cost. The non-essential medicines however are not free, but some might be sponsored by the state and you will only pay 40-100% of the costs. Pharmacies in Portugal are run by a dispensing chemist who can always give you qualified advice. Pharmacies are open 7 days a week during long hours on a rotating basis with other pharmacies in the city or area.
When becoming a resident in Portugal, you need to apply for a medical card at your local health centre which will enable you to seek medical assistance. To apply, you need your residency card and social security card or any other proof to show you pay social security.
In Portugal the emergency number to dial is 112
The principal state hospitals in the Algarve are:
- Faro district hospital 289 891 100 or 289 802 555
- Lagos hospital 282 770 100 or 282 770 116
- Portimao hospital 282 430 040
In the Algarve there are very good quality private hospitals available where English is widely spoken. In the local health centres and hospitals, this is not always the case. The private hospitals in the Algarve work with many insurance companies and/or direct payment.
Hospital Particular do Algarve has hospitals in Alvor, Faro and Portimao as well as 24 hour ambulances.
Call centre +351 707 28 28 28