Portugal spends 20% less on health per inhabitant than European average

The World Health Organisation has declared that health spending per inhabitant in Portugal is 20% less than the European average. Whereas healthcare spending increased during the first decade of the new millenium, it started to decline by the end of 2012. The introduction of new hospital taxes as part of the coalition government’s austerity policies has further compromised the universality of the health services, claimed WHO – despite the existence of “poverty certificates” for those least able to pay them.