Going to your family doctor as an expat in Portugal

Going to your family doctor as an expat in Portugal

Before I go any further, I’d like to stress that the receptionists at my local health centre are usually very patient with my inadequate Portuguese and do their best to understand and help me.

A welcome change from my first experience of the Portuguese health care system in Coimbra a few years ago with a deliberately obstructive receptionist who was seriously lacking in empathy and unwilling to release any information to a sick foreigner that might help me understand how to actually go about seeing a doctor.

Despite improvements in both my Portuguese and the level of service I receive at the local doctor’s surgery, I still put off visiting a doctor if I can help it, even when I know I shouldn’t. I have, however, just been there which has prompted me to write this post.

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