Signed by the Secretary of State for Health, Ricardo Mestre,
the order published in Diário da República, which comes into force on Friday,
redefines the organizational rules of the National User Register (RNU) and
clarifies concepts in terms of registration, access, and financial
responsibility of SNS users.
According to the dispatch, user registrations in the RNU can
assume three different typologies: active, transitory, and inactive.
Active registration applies to Portuguese nationals residing
in Portugal and foreigners permanently residing in the country.
Transitional registration applies when the previous
conditions are not met, with a maximum duration of 90 days from the date of
registration in the RNU, after which the registration becomes active or
Inactive registration applies to citizens who do not meet
the requirements for active or transitional registration and includes situations
"It is a fundamental information tool for planning and
optimizing coverage by the family health team, enhancing the network's
capacity, the integration of care, and the development of more community and
proximity responses", stresses the ministry.
However, a user with registration in the RNU may or may
not be enrolled in primary health care, which requires an active registration
in this database to be carried out in a functional unit or in the respective
Grouping of Health Centers.
Regarding transitional registration and inactive
registration, with the exception of death situations, the costs are assumed by