November 19, 2018

Finding an English speaking Doctor in Lisbon is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Saam Ali

Let’s find you an English speaking Doctor in Lisbon right now

Lisbon is known for its beautiful collage of cobbled streets, ancient ruins and picture-perfect hillsides watching over the great Rio Tejo. Tourists flock from all over Europe and the rest of the world to wine and dine in this ancient city. It’s almost impossible not to have fun in its vibrant atmosphere. But is it possible to find an English speaking Physician?

What isn’t fun is if you fall ill on your trip here or need medical attention. And it, of course, can happen more often than you might think, unfortunately. It’s easier to pick up a norovirus in different countries because you’re usually eating out most of the time. You might even lose your prescription medication which you can’t buy from the local pharmacy in Lisbon. 

Whatever reason you may need to see a healthcare professional while your travelling, or even if you’re an expat new to living here, we can help you find one quickly and efficiently. Better still, we can help you find a doctor in Lisbon which will overcome the language barrier, which can be detrimental to your recovery process. Some of the recommended bilingual doctors in Lisbon are Dr Franzreb Corbelletti, the International Clinic of Lisbon or the CNO-LX Medical center.

In this article, we’re going to give you an overview of the healthcare system in Lisbon for your general knowledge. But more importantly for you right now, we’re going to provide you with a direct link to book a doctor in your own language and explain its simple process so that you can recover quickly and enjoy the rest of your trip.

PLEASE NOTE: In the case of a life-threatening emergency where immediate medical attention is needed, you’ll need to phone 112 for an ambulance. 


Lisbon’s Healthcare System

Image to help to find English speaking doctor In Lisbon

Before I describe the easy process of how to book an English speaking Doctor in Lisbon through TripMedic, it’s worth understanding how the healthcare system works here in Portugal.

Public Healthcare in Lisbon

Portugal operates a public healthcare system that is very similar to that of the UK. It’s a national system that is the Serviço Nacional de Saúde (SNS) and is available to use freely by anyone paying into the social system. Although the system is free to use by EU nationals living in Lisbon, public hospitals are usually overcrowded and understaffed, meaning that waiting time can be stressful and long. Non-EU travellers and expats will probably have to pay if receiving treatment under the national health service.

Private Healthcare in Lisbon

Private healthcare is readily accessible in Lisbon but is expensive for locals. However, due to the lack of waiting times, this is often a good option for expats living here. Other benefits for expats is that:

  • It’s relatively cost-effective in comparison to other countries.
  • The facilities you’ll use are generally more comfortable.
  • You can see a specialist of your choice without excessive waiting times.

Although private healthcare is great, for travellers and expats who have just moved here, accessing an English-speaking specialist of your choice is not always guaranteed when booking an appointment online?

Pharmacies in Lisbon

Image to help to find English speaking doctor In Lisbon

Pharmacies are widespread in Lisbon and easily accessible. Most medicines, prescription and non-prescription can usually be obtained from the pharmacy without too much hassle. And medication is relatively cheap since everything is subsidised by the government.

However, don’t expect a local pharmacist to be able to speak English so well. If the language barrier means that you’re unable to communicate your symptoms or understand the advice given, try to seek a translator or book a doctor in your own language (link) through us to guarantee you understand everything you need to do in order to get better. Equally, pharmacists will unlikely sell anything if they can’t understand the condition you’re describing since the wrong medicine could be detrimental to your health.

Let’s make it simple and easy for you

When it comes to your health, chances should NEVER be taken. Access to the right healthcare is important and when you’re traveling, the quicker the better. That’s why TripMedic exists. We simply want you to get better faster and in the most efficient manner so you can continue enjoying your amazing time in Lisbon.

The process is simple with our award-winning service. All you need to do is:

  1. Select what kind of practitioner you’re looking for
  2. Select the language you require
  3. Book our highly-trained specialist in one of the appointment slots that day

By increasing access to healthcare like this in the language you speak, not only are you going to feel better quicker, you’ll have peace of mind that you’ll have been taken care of as effectively as back home.

Now, let’s get back to enjoying your time in Lisbon!


Digital Healthcare
Easy as 123
English Doctor
Feel Safe Abroad
Find a Doctor
Holiday Help
Modern healthcare
About the author
Find these articles in your inbox
Once a month we send out an email with a summary of the new blog content.
Join our newsletter