Patients looking to verify the legality of medical practitioners in Portugal are able to access information via the internet.
In a statement sent to the Algarve Resident, lawyer Miguel de Azeredo Perdigão of Azeredo Perdigão & Associados law firm in Portugal, said: “Following reports of errors in medical care leading to irreversible health damage, the members of this law society have been working to alert the public to the online database of health establishments.”
By imputing information into the database, potential patients are able to check the legality of a medical establishment, all of which, if legal, are regulated by the health regulator of Portugal, ERS (Entidade Reguladora da Saúde).
Miguel de Azeredo Perdigão added: “Patients should also look for the A4 registration certificate issued by the ERS which should be displayed in the medical establishment for further confirmation of the legality of the practice.”
To check if a medical establishment has the correct licences, please visit the ERS database at http://www2.ers.pt/ERS/DMZ/Pesquisa/Pesquisa.aspx (only available in Portuguese).