All residents in Portugal have access to health care provided by the National Health Service, financed mainly through taxation.
Many measures have been adopted to improve the performance of the health system, including public-private partnerships for new hospitals, a change in hospital management structures, pharmaceutical reforms, the reorganization of primary care and the creation of long-term care networks.
At the 2013 World Health Assembly, health financing and the impact of the economic crisis on health was the focus of a bilateral meeting between WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health of Portugal.
Geographical size: 92.211,9 km2
Population: 10.427.301 (2014)
Population as % of total EU population: 2,1 % (2014)
GDP: â‚¬ 165.690 billion (2013)
Official EU language(s): Portuguese
Political system: Semi-presidential Republic
EU member country since: 1 January 1986
Seats in the European Parliament: 21
Currency: Eurozone member since 1 January 1999
Schengen area member? Yes, Schengen Area member since 26 March 1995
Presidency of the Council: Portugal has held the revolving presidency of the Council of the EU 3 times between 1992 and 2007