In the 20 years between 1999 and 2019, we had 17 years of socialist governments (the PSD ruled for two years in 2002-2004 and four years in 2011-2015, three of which had to follow this policy. I negotiated with troika by the Socialist Party (PS) who were, (almost) solely responsible for the significant developments in the quality of health of the Portuguese, namely:
- Increased life expectancy from 76 to 81 years
- Infant mortality rate decreased from 5.6 to 2.8
- Increase in healthy life at birth from 54 to 59 years
- Increase in the population of good or very good health, from 46% to 50% (A series of these last two statements begins in 2004 and 2005, respectively)
We can conclude that thanks to socialism, the quality of our health has improved! Moreover, with a comprehensive service it tends to be free.
Will it be?
Let’s revisit INE.
According to this institute, in 1999, SNS provided most of the supply of health services in our country. Twenty years later, it is still the main provider of health services, but it weighs much less. Let’s see how the provision of services in the private health sector has evolved during this period in terms of total consultations, hospitalizations, surgeries and emergency care.
The National Institute of Statistics also states that “public hospitals or in a public-private partnership continued in 2019 to be the main provider of health services (…). However, it was these services in private hospitals that experienced the largest increase between 1999 and 2019″.
After all, it does not appear. After all, it seems that thanks to the growth of private health services, whose share increased between 33% and 312% in the total, it was possible to improve the health of the Portuguese. Well, but that was with the socialist state’s share of these expenditures. Of course, because the right to health protection is realized through a universal and free national health service.
The Portuguese are increasingly turning to the private sector for healthcare. Currently, about two thirds of Portuguese people benefit from the health sub-system and/or a insurance the health. But on top of that, personal healthcare expenditures grew from 25% to 30% between 2000 and 2018. per person In the European Union, this number has been declining. For example, in 2018, the numbers ranged from 19% for Belgium to 9% for France.
The Portuguese have already chosen!
They have already chosen to take care of their health in institutions that are able to do so!
It remains to be seen when the government will realize this option.
Because there is a third of the Portuguese people have no right to choose. The longer it takes the socialist government to recognize that all Portuguese should have the right to choose where they want to be treated, the longer we will remain in Portuguese first class and Portuguese second class. Paraphrasing: “Let’s go and see”, are nearly seven million Portuguese people wrong and members of the government right?
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