Portugal provides a good level of healthcare, ranked as 12th globally by the World Health Organisation. Both state and private healthcare exist in Portugal, combining to create a better experience.
EU nationals who hold an EHIC card will be entitled to the same state medical treatment as Portuguese nationals. These rights continue when an individual either becomes an employee of a Portuguese employer or becomes a permanent resident.
However, not all medical treatment in Portugal is free and individuals may have to contribute towards the cost. In some cases the required contribution is hefty. For this reason, some individuals opt to take out private cover so they get better coverage and face lower costs.
Any individual who doesn’t qualify for the state healthcare system will also need to rely on a private cover.