PM pledges €12.1 billion investment in SNS health system

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced a 12.1-billion-euro investment in the country’s National Health Service (SNS) this year. The aim is to strengthen the resilience of the health care system. The money will come from the government’s Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) to access European Union (EU) funds to relaunch the economy in the wake of the pandemic. According to Costa, the money will be used “not to finance the day-to-day shortages but to make the structural changes necessary to strengthen the SNS,” such as the family health units (USF), integrated care, the palliative care network and the mental health care network.