- Autores: Jorge Simões, Inês Fronteira
- Ano de Publicação: 2021
- Journal: Ciencia e Saúde Coletiva, Vol 26, Supplement 1, pp 2507-2513
- Link: https://doi.org/10.1590/1413-81232021266.1.40902020
The Portuguese health system comprises three critical sectors: The State, which intervenes as a regulator of the entire system, and as a planner, provider, and financer of the National Health Service (NHS); the social sector, with a relevant intervention, mainly in continued care; and the private sector, with an essential role in the provision of some types of care. During the last forty years, the State, social, and private sectors’ roles have changed either in its definition or terms of the relationship between them. In general, it is possible to identify, and we shall present them in this opinion article, eight political cycles that reflect the political contexts in Portugal, and, consequently, the ideological framework of each cycle.
Health system; Health policies; Health partnerships.