The EHIC European Health Insurance Card (in Portugal Cartão Europeu de Seguro de Doença - CESD) only covers unplanned medical expenses and is not travel insurance.
How do you book an appointment with your Doctor in Portugal?
You can go and queue (for up to an hour in rural areas) at the Centro do Saude and try to explain to the receptionist what you want or you can do it on-line!
DRU Yoga is a flowing and gentle form of yoga which was first developed over 30 yrs ago combining the postures and philosophy of yoga with the flow of T'ai Chi. The friends that brought this into being remain friends and partners in DRU to this day and have developed into an international school. Yoga works on all levels, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and the aim of DRU Yoga is to bring these into balance.
DRU Yoga classes begin with music and dance, a fun warm up to start the process of waking your body up and leaving the stresses of your world outside of the class.
For many years moving abroad was all about retiring, but recently there has been more dramatic reduction in the average age of those moving overseas. More and more people are looking to move permanently; and there are those who are in Portugal on a semi-permanent basis with a view to becoming permanent residents in the future.
Whether you have taken up permanent residency or are perhaps spending just part of the year here and the remainder in your home country, it is important to plan ahead and understand what your healthcare requirements may be. You should also consider how you are going to pay for any medical treatment you may need from time-to-time, as local services can sometimes be difficult to access,expensive or simply not available. Consider what you are going to do now and also plan ahead.
Here is some information about How to Register with the Centro de Saude.
Firstly the Cartão de Utente used to be a blue plastic card, this is no longer issued as the Cartão Cidadão (Citizens card) is replacing all personal plastic cards, and so you will be issued with a printed A4 document which shows your Numero de Utente (Health Service User Number). This should be produced whenever Health care is needed, either at the health centre, pharmacy or hospital.
It is important that people who are living in Portugal know what they are entitled to and how to register and use the systems here. There is much discussion and speculation about this subject. There are also some Health Centres (Centro de Saude) who do not seem to know how their own system works, so here is the current information whatever your Retired or Working status is here. The following guidance is for all residents in Portugal. The British Consulate have been very helpful in assisting with the information in the article, and it is correct as of April 2011.
Similarly to the UK, the Portuguese Health System is residency based. In short, this means that anyone who is legally resident in Portugal is entitled to state healthcare. However, the way the system is accessed may be different depending on individual circumstances.