Quality and Cost of Healthcare

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  1. Thank you for sharing this,and hoping to dispel the great myth that US health care , including cost, is the best in the world!!

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  2. I am floored. I cannot believe that as a country our biases keep us from being able to learn anything about running a healthcare system from anywhere else in the world. Absolutely insane. I will stop there before I descend into a political diatribe…. As always thanks for sharing your experiences!

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  3. Hi Beth!
    I keep forgetting to tell you that my very close cousin is an amazing doctor located in Cascais. He is a GP that practiced here in Rhode Island until he decided that the insurance system here was getting out of hand. So he decided to move back to Portugal for a better way of life and he set up practice there. He has a private practice, I am not sure if he accepts insurance, but he speaks perfect English and I know he has an excellent reputation there. Great bedside manor, patient and thorough. Our whole family is always bombarding him for all our medical advice. I adore him!!

    His name is Dr. Antonio Maia he is at Clinica do Rosario Cascais 351 214 826 860 Google him and you can check him out.

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  4. Given your history of clumsiness and those cheap insurance prices, I think it’s fair to say that the Portuguese healthcare system is in for a shock over the next few years and some potentially big losses! Ask Won if there is some way to short Portuguese sovereign debt, you may be crashing their healthcare system soon, it may be a good bet! Ha, ha – hopefully you do not! Keep us posted!

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    1. You’ll be pleased to know that Won and I have joined a health club and are working out at least 3 days a week. I told the trainer that my goal is to fall down less. For real!! So we’ll see how much strain I put on the Portuguese health system. Hopefully, a lot less than I did in the US!!

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  5. As I have been studying the healthcare system for the past several years, I have come to the conclusion of scalability. European countries can manage great national healthcare systems because they are small. The United States and it’s 300+ million residents becomes increasingly complex to cover. Also, most Europeans are heavily taxed to cover social welfare programs. It’s not uncommon for European citizens to be taxed upwards of 50% of their income. This would not fly in the U.S. The Affordable Care Act is a good start, but it made the mistake of doing to much too soon. It also doesn’t help that we have leaders in office that are more willing to spend money on killing bad guy’s then covering it’s citizens. So until there is a radical mind shift in the people of the this country, we are doomed to be stagnant. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    1. You are absolutely right, Matt. But something has to be done. The current model is not sustainable and too many people are still in need or are being financially ruined by the cost. I don’t have the answer, but I truly hope something changes soon.

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  6. As a Canadian, the whole healthcare debate is so interesting. When we hear of Canadians moving away from the country, I always wonder how they handle health care in their new country. I guess we would see it as an additional expense from our norm.

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  7. Hi Beth, your blog is a treasure of information! My fiancee and I just moved to Cascais 3 weeks ago from NY. And obviously have a ton of questions! We are shipping all the contents of our loft in Dumbo(!) and our beloved Mini Cooper Convertible. I sort of figured out most of the paperwork required to legalize the car, except how to obtain COC and temporary car insurance. Can you please help with that info (a phone number or a link). Also if you don’t mind sharing the name of the broker who helped you with your health insurance.
    Thank you in advance!

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    1. Hi Juliana! Welcome to Portugal, and more specifically, Cascais. We’re neighbors! I’m delighted my blog posts have been helpful and I’d be happy to answer your questions to the best of my ability. Q1) COC: We printed the COC off the Internet, but it wasn’t what was required when we provided it to our ACP agent. We joined ACP (Automotive Club of Portugal – essentially AAA) and paid them to handle the registration process, because it can be very tricky. Have you read my posts on the car yet? It’s a very complicated process. Anyway, ACP requested the documents directly from the BMW Mothership in Germany. Q2) Temp Ins: You will need to keep your US insurance until your car is registered here in Portugal (which could take months). Once your car is legally registered here you can switch insurance providers (and it will be much less expensive). Q3) Ins Broker: We used João Pinheiro at Medal Insurance Brokers in Monte Estoril (j.pinheiro@medal.pt). During that process he suggested we join AFPOP (Association for Foreign Residents and Visitors) in order to get a discount on our insurance premiums with Allianz, which we did. Let me know if you have any other questions or if you would like to get together for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. It would be nice to meet you and your fiancée.

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      1. Thank you! I did read your horror stories and trying to avoid that. 🙂 Let’s meet!! We are staying in Airbnb in the historical center, so just tell us when you are available for coffee, drink or dinner. Mark is an editor at New York Times so he is working on NY time, but we usually free around 8.30pm or in the morning before 1 pm.
        Cheers,
        Juliana

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