Hospitals “cannot afford to pay for Hepatitis C treatments”

State hospitals cannot afford life-saving treatments for people infected with the Hepatitis C virus. Tabloid Correio da Manhã reports that treatment costs roughly €6,500 per patient. In the past, it was paid through a central health entity but now individual hospitals must foot their own bills, and budgets do not allow for them, says the paper. Treatments for 400 patients have been “significantly reduced”.

According to data from Infarmed (the national medicines authority) 21,265 patients were registered as suffering from Hepatitis C in 2018.

Over 19,000 have started treatment, of which up to 11,233 are already ‘cured’.

If left untreated, Hepatitis C can cause liver failure and/ or cancer.