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we are both 55 and retiring to algarve next year, or as soon as we can, post Brexit do we know what will happen with medical care as ex pats? will i need, should i get private health care, and if so any pointers to costs for it
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Don't rush into anything. As British pensioners you are covered by the Portuguese SNS (NHS) and pay as if you were Portuguese. We live in the Coimbra area and I have had two lots of major surgery for cancer. Amazing treatment, follow ups, doctors and nurses and did not pay a penny except for scans and blood tests. I am sure that the Portuguese will not change anything since there are about 300,000 Portuguese working in the UK, who receive free health treatment. Just my opinion.
 

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Portuguese Health system is far superior to the UK NHS.
Trust me I've tested it, from emergency admissions with teenagers to my own emergency admission with Gall Stones.
I was kept in for 10 days until fit enought to operate. NHS I would have been sent home, no doubt.
Cost €0

Health care in Portugal is based on residency not nationality.
 
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