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Old Nov 3rd 2023, 4:11 pm
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I went to the Centro de Saude to make an appointment, expecting a wait of a week or two.
The first availability was in over seven weeks.
Have waiting times really become so long?
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Old Nov 3rd 2023, 5:06 pm
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Originally Posted by ricko
I went to the Centro de Saude to make an appointment, expecting a wait of a week or two.
The first availability was in over seven weeks.
Have waiting times really become so long?
Yes, in my experience in Olhão. I waited 2 months to see my appointed doctor. For an emergency, I could join the morning queue for a chance to see her but would come away with at minimum a cold!
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Old Nov 3rd 2023, 5:17 pm
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I assume the morning queue means waiting to see if the doctor can fit you in between other appointments.
Does this work well, or could you end up waiting all day?
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Old Nov 3rd 2023, 5:26 pm
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I don't think you can make an appointment with her in the morning, judging by my recent attempt to get a followup appointment with my test results and Xray results. My wife waited 4 hours in the morning queue when she last had a minor emergency. For major emergencies, go straight to the hospital in Faro and get excellent treatment.
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Old Nov 3rd 2023, 5:39 pm
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So you could wait two months for an initial appointment, and then another two months to show the doctor the test results?
That would mean four months before any treatment could be initiated?
Is it roughly the same throughout the country?
I did see something a few weeks ago, saying that waiting times in the Algarve were bad, but I didn't look at the details.
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Many employers are now including private health insurance in their employment contracts.
I understand the entire Civil Service is also benefiting from this perk.
This is starting to create backlogs in the private clinics also.
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Our entire camara had no SNS doctor for 3 months over the summer.
It's a scandal.

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Old Nov 4th 2023, 8:41 am
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In my expereince, yes. I can take a ticket at 3pm and wait until my turn comes. They have 16 tickets, if your number 17 you have to come back the next day. I can make an appointment but it is usually a few weeks away.

I moved from one town to another and tried to reigster at the new place, but they aren't taking on any more patients and was told to go back to my old town. I am on a waitng list which is in a big file!!! There is an emergency clinicn closer where I could go to in case of emergency only.

I am looking into private health care. I keep starting but never get very far!!
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Originally Posted by Dafty
Many employers are now including private health insurance in their employment contracts.
I understand the entire Civil Service is also benefiting from this perk.
This is starting to create backlogs in the private clinics also.
That is exactly what has happened in Spain and I was surprised that public sector workers have private health insurance as part of their benefits package. Can you imagine local councils in the UK offering private health care to their employees?

​​​​​​We have only used the Portuguese state health system for part of the vaccine rollout - we had some of it in Spain. We always use our Spanish private health care which is excellent and it's just a few kilometres over the bridge.

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Originally Posted by ricko
I went to the Centro de Saude to make an appointment, expecting a wait of a week or two.
The first availability was in over seven weeks.
Have waiting times really become so long?
I am surprised that you actually go to the Centro to make your appointment. You can do it all online through the SNS web or even on your mobile via their App.
It gives you the option of "First appointment available" or you can choose the date for yourself.
Always been excellent for us 8 within your week or two parameters ) although a bit of a hiccup this summer as our usual GP retired and it took 3 months to bring in his replacement.
Our centre in Tavira also offers emergency appointments in the afternoon if you turn up unwell in the morning you get vetted by a nurse who makes the recommendation , or not, that you come back after 15.00 hrs to get seen by a GP.
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Maybe its better for you because you have an allocated gp?

My region caldas da rainha, its impossible to be assigned a family doctor (gp) and when we need to see a doctor we must attend the centro de saude and request an appointment.

On the sns app it states sem medico but has no facility to request an appointment as far as I can see.
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Maybe its better for you because you have an allocated gp?

My region caldas da rainha, its impossible to be assigned a family doctor (gp) and when we need to see a doctor we must attend the centro de saude and request an appointment.

On the sns app it states sem medico but has no facility to request an appointment as far as I can see.
You are probably right - we are fortunate then
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Originally Posted by Loafing Along
I am surprised that you actually go to the Centro to make your appointment. You can do it all online through the SNS web or even on your mobile via their App.
It gives you the option of "First appointment available" or you can choose the date for yourself.
Always been excellent for us 8 within your week or two parameters ) although a bit of a hiccup this summer as our usual GP retired and it took 3 months to bring in his replacement.
Our centre in Tavira also offers emergency appointments in the afternoon if you turn up unwell in the morning you get vetted by a nurse who makes the recommendation , or not, that you come back after 15.00 hrs to get seen by a GP.
It's Tavira that I have to use and it's impossible at the moment to get an appointment with a doctor within a few weeks. I can't see anyone in the morning. I can't get a family GP either.
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I have just booked an appointment to see my doctor for a follow-up consultation: 21 December was the earliest appointment available. My test results from Radis were available within a week.
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Originally Posted by Lou71
That is exactly what has happened in Spain and I was surprised that public sector workers have private health insurance as part of their benefits package. Can you imagine local councils in the UK offering private health care to their employees?

​​​​​​We have only used the Portuguese state health system for part of the vaccine rollout - we had some of it in Spain. We always use our Spanish private health care which is excellent and it's just a few kilometres over the bridge.
When you say "that is exactly what has happened in Spain", I think it's important to know that (some) public sector workers (not all, it does not apply to local authority employees, for example) having this kind of arrangement is in no way a recent development, in fact the existence of mutual funds to provide help to civil servants goes back to the Middle Ages. The present organisation, MUFACE, came into being in 1975.

Historia de MUFACE - Quiénes somos - Muface - Portal Muface

We had private health insurance in Spain for 12 years, cancelled it at the end of 2020 as by that time we both had S1s and it had been confirmed that this cover would continue under the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. We have not missed it at all and have had excellent care in the public system. I have just checked on the Clicsalud website, and if I wanted a face to face appointment with my allocated GP (the one we had retired last year and his replacement was in post immediately) the first available one is on Tuesday 7 November.
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