Although most registered users have a family doctor (88.8%), the ERS recalls that there are “important asymmetries” in the distribution of family doctors at the regional level, with the Regional Health Administration (ARS) of the North showing “the highest percentage of users enrolled with a family doctor assigned”.
At the opposite end of the scale are ARS de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo (LVT) and ARS Algarve.
The regulator says that this indicator (user with family doctor) showed “a negative variation” in all health regions, with the exception of ARS Norte.
“ARS Norte also has the lowest percentage of users who do not have a family doctor without it being their choice, and this variable is higher in the ARS Algarve”, they add.
In mainland Portugal, the number of users registered with a family doctor has fallen in recent years. In 2017 this figure was 92.7% and last year it was 88.8% (3.9 percentage points less).
The minimim score to apply for Medicine is too high in Portugal as it is the difficulty of Math, Sciences, Physics and Chemic disciplines in compulsory education which is 12 years. There should be more universities's vacancies and outside of Lisbon in particular. Portuguese people's health are hijacked by this elite. The State has to intervene. It should do the same it did with Law University Degrees.
By Diogo F. from Madeira on 06 Nov 2022, 18:38