Policy responses for Portugal - HSRM


Policy responses for Portugal

4.2 Entitlement and coverage

All Portuguese citizens and foreign citizens with permanent or temporary residence in Portugal have access to health care provided in the universal and comprehensive National Health Care, including documented and undocumented migrants and asylum seekers/refugees (https://dre.pt/application/conteudo/3622857; https://dre.pt/application/conteudo/124417108). However, the government has decided to grant temporary residency rights to all immigrants and asylum seekers who applied for residency in the country before 18 March, when the State of Emergency was announced. These rights will give immigrants and asylum seekers access to social and health benefits, including access to the Portuguese NHS, bank accounts and work and rental contracts, until at least 1 July 2020 (https://dre.pt/application/conteudo/130835082).

Hence, all health care related to COVID-19 provided in the NHS, including transport, testing and hospitalization, are covered for all citizens in Portugal, irrespective of their nationality and legal status. In cooperation with a non-governmental organization, basic COVID-19 information from the Portuguese authorities was made available in 23 different languages and available online (https://www.medicosdomundo.pt/noticia/covid-19-guia-com-orientacoes-basicas-para-combate-da-covid-19-em-mais-de-20-idiomas).