It's been a wee while since I posted anything, a situation that I hope I can remedy in 2009.
The latter part of the year has given me quite an opportunity to experience Portuguese health care close up, and I am happy to say that it so far has stood up to such close scrutiny. My vision became impaired in one eye and I left it longer than I should have before I sought medical attention. Once I commenced my quest for treatment things couldn't have been more efficient.
On Day 1 my GP referred me to an ophthalmologist, who saw me later that same day. She continued to see me daily for a week, then referred me to a consultant at the private hospital in Alvor. This appointment was immediate, and what followed were weekly visits to the consultant as my course of many medicines and eyedrops were slowly reduced as my eyesight improved. Shortly before Christmas I was back to normal and off all medication.
The attitude of all medical personnel I dealt with couldn't have been more friendly and professional. While I will not say that I would not have had the same level of treatment in the UK, I can't help but wonder if the the UK peers of my Portuguese medical team would have been able to conduct all consultations in Portuguese, in the same manner as my Portuguese team dealt with me strictly in English?
To all involved, thank you and I hope you have a healthy and prosperous New Year.