Face-to-face consultations at health centres drop 36% in first half of year

in News · 09-09-2020 10:31:00 · 3 Comments

Face-to-face consultations at health centres dropped 36% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2019.

This is according to data released by the Portuguese Medical Association and hospital administrators, who expressed concern about "the worsening of the [covid-19] situation". The data shows that, in the first half of this year, there were 3.8 million fewer presential doctors’ appointments in primary health care compared to the same period in 2019, while 902,000 fewer consultations were held in SNS hospitals.


I cannot understand why my health centre has a telephone number because it is never answered and the only way to get an appointment is to visit in person. Despite complaining every time I have visited, nothing has changed.

By Greg from Other on 10-09-2020 11:56

We were turned away from our health centre when my husband had a bad cut in his hand.

By susan from Alentejo on 10-09-2020 08:19

It has never been fast or easy to get an appointment at a health centre , as they are slow and inefficient , and nobody is accountable for their bad organisation .

By Paul from Lisbon on 10-09-2020 02:19
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