Health: Portugal gets good results in British-based study
Health: Portugal has reached a new height on the efficiency of its National Health System (SNS). And the source is not a local newspaper, nor even a Brussels health authority, but The Lancet. In an article published in the venerable, almost two-century-old British medical journal, Portugal was classified in the top-ten of European countries regarding survival in cancers of prostate, stomach, and breast. The latest iteration of Concord-3, a worldwide study about cancer survival, was published on January 30th. The study amassed data of 37 million patients from 71 states.
The study also showed a general trend of improvement of Portugal’s approach to cancer-fighting. The country has better numbers “in practically all tumours”, and there are big differences between patients diagnosed at the beginning of the century and more recently. The Lancet’s tables show that there are no major differences among the top 10 countries regarding cancer survival. Moreover, in those stats where Portugal is not in the top 10, it’s not very far – around the top 15, showing good consistency in its efforts.
Health system: a strong, very big plus for investing in Portugal
The Portuguese Health System is pictured by some right-wing opinion-makers in Portugal as a Soviet-style institution, open to waste and corruption. However, and regardless of the actual effects of management and political/budget circumstances, the fact remains that Portugal has a highly efficient health system, for free and public-supported. The amount of Portugal health professionals (mainly nurses) working in Britain over the last few years had to be substantial evidence that the Portuguese are doing something right about this.
It is no secret that, for everyone looking into investing abroad, health concerns are among the most important, together with price, security, and political stability. Portugal is scoring points on all these factors, and it’s sure that healthcare won’t be a factor discouraging British people from coming into Portugal – quite the opposite.
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