Portugal: Cabinet approves Basic Law to 'ensure access to quality healthcare'

Portugal’s government on Thursday approved the new draft Basic Law on Health, whose declared aim is to "ensure the best health promotion and protection, including appropriate access to quality healthcare"

Lisbon, Portugal – Portugal’s government on Thursday approved the new draft Basic Law on Health, whose declared aim is to “ensure the best health promotion and protection, including appropriate access to quality healthcare”.

The bill, which is to be submitted to parliament for approval, results from the draft presented by a commission whose review of the existing Basic Law, dating back 28 years, was the subject of public discussion, involving institutional partners, sector agents and the general public, the government said in a statement after the regular weekly cabinet meeting.

According to the statement, the bill reaffirms the role of the state as guarantor of the right to health protection, through the National Health Service (SNS) and other public institutions, drawing on the experience of recent decades while seeking to “respond to the challenges of the future”.

The update of the Basic Law, it says, takes into account “the evolution of society and technology” as well as aiming at “a greater clarification of relations between the public, private and social sectors, and in the strengthening and modernisation of the SNS”.

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