Health & Insurance

If you require medical assistance contact the local Health Centre.
Hospital emergency services should be used only in serious situations (serious injury, poisoning, burns, infarction, thromboses, breathing difficulties, etc.).

In case of illness or accident while visiting Portugal, Nationals from the 27 European Union countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland are entitled to free or reduced-cost healthcare (the same benefits as Portuguese citizens). In order to have access to health services, citizens from the above-mentioned countries, who are not resident in Portugal, must produce their European Health Insurance Cards (issued by the origin country) together with passports or identity cards.
Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Portugal. If you do need health insurance, strongly consider a policy that covers you for the worst possible scenario, such as an accident requiring an emergency flight home. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures. The former option is generally preferable, as it doesn’t require you to pay out of pocket in a foreign country.

Public Hospitals in Porto

São João Hospital: 22 551 21 00
Santo António Hospital: 22 207 75 00

Private Hospitals in Porto

Luisadas Hospital Porto 800 20 1000
Cuf Porto Hospital 22 003 90 00
Arrábida Hospital 22 377 68 00

Pharmacies in Porto

In general, pharmacies are open on weekdays between 9am and 7pm and on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm.
They display an illuminated green cross outside when open at night.

farmaciasThere are few pharmacies, like Farmácia Barreiros, which are opened 24 hours – 365 days, but all of them have information posted on the door indicating the nearest pharmacies that are open 24 hour.

You can also find some non-prescribed medicines freely available in supermarkets.