20% increase in number of births in private hospitals

To all those who claim the running down of State healthcare is part of a plan to privatise services, news that there has been a 20% increase in the number of births taking place in private hospitals in the first six months of 2023 will come as no surprise. According to SIC Notícias today, the “current state of (Portugal’s State) obstetric service has meant that many expectant women have opted for private hospitals”.