Hmmm, I was told I would be covered under their national health insurance.You can register with the national health care centre but they ask for lots and lots of docs, specially social security number, if you have a uk one with an international insurance you should be able to register.
Ack, the porto link seems to go nowehererino check ukinportugal(dot)fco(dot)gov(dot)uk it's a site from the british consulate in Pt and it has the names of doctors in Porto believed to speak english.
My employer tells me I will need to pay social security (which they will reimburse), and that they have created a VAT number for me. Does that mean I will get into the national health insurance ?If you manage to get into the national health, please give me some info on how you did it, HD is german but has never lived in Germany so he has no ID, no social security number has never contributed only has a passport and although married to a Pt citizen he wasn't allowed to join. The solution that suggested was that he registers for green receipts (self employed), then he starts paying social security in Pt then finally he will be able to join the health centre The other solution would be for him to go and live in Germany for a few months, apply for an ID there, get a social security number then come back to Pt. This according to the german consulate. :confused2: So please let me know if you find another way.
Younger doctors tend to speak English more than older doctors. Most of the books & references are in English and are no longer translated into Portuguese, especially anything new.I would say you will be lucky if your local GP speaks English, ours doesn't.
You will have better luck at the hospitals but half the battle is getting to the doctor through the receptionist, who is even less likely to speak English.
Luckily there is usually an English speaker in one form or another there to help out.