OECD healthcare report on Portugal


The Portuguese health care system needs to reduce its reliance on hospital care and to better exploit primary and community care. Health human resource issues further need to be addressed. Despite the relatively high density of doctors, the number of nurses per capita is still relatively low compared with most other OECD countries, even after a recent increase. Doctors are concentrated in the capital and not well distributed across regions.

The long-term care sector has not been developed much in Portugal despite its ageing population. As a result, the related spending as a share of GDP and the number of long-term care workers are among the lowest across OECD countries. The underdevelopment of the long-term care sector means that the elderly spend excessively long periods in hospitals.

Portugal’s healthcare is often thought of as good, but economic problems have hit public healthcare- that could drive people to private healthcare, insurance, and treatment overseas.

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