The medical coverage system in Portugal is quite similare to the UK system.

It is a system where medicine is of quality.


During your installation you will have to ask for a 'utente' number corresponding to the Social Security number. 

This No. will give you access to care in public services.
With the Nº of "utente" you will have access to pharmacies at very low prices.


There are also private medical units in Portugal (hospitals, clinics).
These units pay off. You can take out private medical insurance (mutual)
Which will take care of much of the cost of care.
A majority of private medical units have agreements with private insurance.