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More than half of those who do not seek health care when they are ill self-medicate

More than half of people who choose not to contact the healthcare system when they feel sick choose to self-medicate, according to a report on access to healthcare released today. According to the report “Access to healthcare – Citizens' choices 2020”, prepared by Professor Pedro Pita Barros at the Faculty of Economics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, one in 10 respondents, when they feel sick, choose not to contact the health system and, of these, 63% chose to self-medicate. It could be worse if self-medication were internet-based (...), but it is good to know better what is happening with this self-medication and what are the home pharmacies that people are using", said Pita Barros, stressing that this is an area “in which we need to ...
Covid-19: Health regulator warns private individuals not to charge for protective equipment
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Covid-19: Health regulator warns private individuals not to charge for protective equipment

The Health Regulatory Authority (ERS) warned this Tuesday that private hospitals cannot charge for personal protective equipment to users of the National Health Service (SNS) to whom they provide care. In a statement, the ERS stresses that the private, cooperative and social sector with agreements with the NHS can only charge user fees for the provision of health services to users of the public system. Charging fees for personal protective equipment used because of the covid-19 pandemic or "any other fee for services provided to NHS users" is "a violation of the rules regarding access to health care, foreseen and punished" by law, stresses the ERS. The health regulatory body reinforces that forcing NHS users to pay for equipment is "a v...
Women’s occupational diseases doubled in 2020
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Women’s occupational diseases doubled in 2020

The number of women's certified occupational diseases has almost doubled in 2020, reaching 10,240 cases, of which 8,518 are musculoskeletal disorders, reported the CGTP. According to updated data from Social Security, provided to the trade union central, last year 2,476 occupational diseases without disability and another 7,764 occupational diseases with disability were certified. In 2019, 1,198 occupational diseases without disability and 4,447 with disability were certified, totaling 5,645 cases. Thus, in 2020, the number of occupational diseases with incapacity among female workers increased by 74.5% compared to the previous year. The majority of occupational diseases certified to women last year were related to musculoskeletal disor...
Private health with a 12.6% turnover drop in 2020
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Private health with a 12.6% turnover drop in 2020

The turnover of companies that manage private clinics and public hospitals in a public-private partnership regime decreased by 12.6%, to 1,660 million euros in 2020 compared to 2019, according to a study by Informa D&B. According to a sectorial study by the business consultant, this decline was mainly due to the performance of the management of public hospitals, whose turnover "registered a sharp drop", from 38%, to 249 million euros, "as a result of the end of the concession of Hospital de Braga, in September 2019 ”. The turnover resulting only from the management of private clinics decreased by 6%, “to which the health crisis contributed”, standing at 1,411 million euros. In relation to health insurance, the study points out that “i...
Children with a second increase in body mass early have worse cardiometabolic health
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Children with a second increase in body mass early have worse cardiometabolic health

A study by the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP) concluded that children who start the second increase in body mass index (BMI), clinically called adipocyte rebound, have worse cardiometabolic indicators. In a statement, the University of Porto institute explains today that the study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, concludes that children in whom adipocyte rebound occurs early present at 10 years of age “the worst cardiometabolic indicators”. Adipocyte rebound is the clinical term used to designate the second moment in childhood when the increase in body mass index (BMI) begins. During the first year of life, the child's BMI reaches its maximum, then decreases until it reaches a minimum...
About 40% of Portuguese pay for private health care due to lack of response from the NHS
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About 40% of Portuguese pay for private health care due to lack of response from the NHS

Former Minister of Health, Luís Filipe Pereira, warned that about 40% of the Portuguese population pays for health care in the private sector, due to lack of timely response from the National Health Service (SNS). "We have about 40% of the Portuguese population, in general, paying for health services in the private sector, in a country where the Constitution guarantees us free health care", said the ex-governor in a debate promoted by the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon, in partnership with the Portuguese Society for Health Management, on the future of the NHS. For Luís Filipe Pereira, who led the Ministry of Health between 2002 and 2005, despite this constitutional guarantee, about three millio...
Covid-19: recruitment of professionals for vaccination should favor open-ended contracts
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Covid-19: recruitment of professionals for vaccination should favor open-ended contracts

The Ministry of Health (MS) reiterated this Tuesday that in the recruitment of nurses for vaccination against covid-19, permanent contracts should be privileged and that the mobility regime should be used and as a "last resort". In a response sent to the Lusa agency regarding statements by the Ordem dos Enfermeiros, which accused the Government of wanting to remove nurses from health institutions to participate in the vaccination plan, through the mobility regime, thus shielding themselves from paying overtime, MS says that this resource should be used as an “exceptional situation and as a last resort”. The Ministry of Health clarifies that the possibility of entering into uncertain fixed-term employment contracts is a mechanism that was op...
Covid-19: Pfizer prepares vaccine 2.0 for the summer
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Covid-19: Pfizer prepares vaccine 2.0 for the summer

Pfizer is preparing "for the summer" a version of its anti-Covid vaccine that is more diluted and capable of being stored for months at the temperature of a normal refrigerator, the chief executive of the pharmaceutical company announced today. In an interview with the French news agency AFP, Albert Bourla explained that the new version aims to facilitate its use and storage, which currently forces it to stay in an environment of -70º centigrade. "We are working on a formula, much improved, with which the vaccine will be supplied already diluted and ready for use," he said, adding that this new version "could be stored for two or three months in a refrigerator, [à temperatura] two to eight degrees, plus two to three months in a conventional...