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Factsheet for measure PT-2022-21/2426 – measures in Portugal

National Health Service: Healthcare for citizens from Ukraine

SNS: serviço de saúde para cidadãos da Ucrânia

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 21 May 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to healthcare
Author Paula Carrilho and Ana Brázia (CESIS)
Measure added 31 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

The Portuguese Government has approved a special package of measures to host, protect and integrate people who fled Ukraine to Portugal, who have been granted temporary protection under the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 29-A/2022, of 1 March.

The decree-law 24-B/2022 of 11 March lays down exceptional measures to grant temporary protection to displaced persons from Ukraine.

Content of measure

Displaced citizens from Ukraine who apply for temporary protection will automatically be given a National Health Service user number, as is set in the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 29-D 2022, of 11 March 2022. They have automatic access to all basic health services, available through the Portuguese National Health Service, notably, maternal and child health care, updating of vaccines according to the National Vaccination Plan, vaccination for COVID-19, hospital care and other health programmes in force.

Additionally, the National Health Service has made available, from 21 March, medical consultation for young people and children arriving from Ukraine, which will operate at Hospital Dona Estefânia (Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Central).

The consultation will work every working day. Translation service is guaranteed. Screening takes place in the morning and consultations are scheduled for the afternoon of the same day.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public support service providers
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement of any social partner in the design, implementation and monitoring of the measure.

Views and reactions



  • 01 March 2022: Resolution of the Council of Ministers No 29-A/2022, of 1 March (
  • 11 March 2022: Decree-Law 24-B/2022 of 11 March (
  • 19 March 2022: Consultation for children and young people from Ukraine (


Eurofound (2022), National Health Service: Healthcare for citizens from Ukraine, measure PT-2022-21/2426 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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