Portugal Healthcare – We Made VISITING the DOCTOR Fun!

by Michael "So there you have it" Boyd

Something about Portugal gets under your skin in the best possible way. It’s not just the sun-dappled buildings, the winding cobblestone streets, or the endless expanse of the Atlantic. It’s something more that seeps into your soul and makes you feel like you’ve come home. Today, I’m not here to wax poetic about the usual tourist traps but about something that’s often overlooked in travel narratives – healthcare. Yes, you heard that right. We’re diving into the world of Portugal’s healthcare system and doing it with panache.

Our story begins in Lisbon, a city as vibrant and alive as I’ve ever seen. Here, tucked among the city’s historic buildings and bustling streets, is the CUF clinic. It’s here that Melissa, my fearless partner, has an appointment to see a doctor. You might be thinking, “What’s so fun about a doctor’s appointment?” Well, bear with me, and you’ll see.

As Melissa steps into the clinic, she’s met with an immediate sense of calm. The staff are friendly and welcoming, the atmosphere is relaxed, and a sense of efficiency is reassuring. This differs from the sterile, impersonal environment you might associate with a medical facility. Instead, it’s warm and inviting, where you feel cared for, not just treated.

While Melissa navigates the healthcare system, I tackle a different challenge – my fear of heights. I face this fear head-on by crossing a bridge over the train tracks to the river’s edge. As I stand there, the wind in my hair, the city spread out before me, and the imposing Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge in the distance, there’s a sense of exhilaration, of conquering not just my fear but the world itself.

Melissa and I reunite at the river’s edge and walk to the Santo Amaro Recreation dock. Amid the laughter and chatter of locals and tourists alike, we share stories of our adventures – Melissa’s surprisingly enjoyable doctor’s visit and my triumphant bridge crossing.

The day isn’t over yet, though. From the dock, we head to the Bélem Tower, a stunning monument testament to Portugal’s rich history. We’re not walking, though. No, we’re gliding on rented Bird scooters, the wind in our hair, the sun on our faces. As we pass the city’s impressive scenery, there’s a sense of freedom, of infectious joy.

At the Bélem Tower, we meet up with Samantha, our final companion for the day. We explore the tower together, our laughter echoing off the ancient stones. As the sun begins to set, we pause, taking a moment to appreciate the city’s beauty, the people’s warmth, and the unexpected fun we’ve had.

And there you have it, a day spent in Portugal, immersing oneself in the captivating sights, sounds and even experiencing the healthcare system. It has been an expedition filled with revelations, moments of laughter, and undeniably enjoyable. In Portugal, even a visit to the doctor can transform into a remarkable adventure. Therefore, let us ensure that your upcoming medical appointment becomes a memorable experience.

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Hi! We’re Melissa, Michael, and Samantha. We’re a nomadic family from the United States, currently living and building our new lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Follow us on our adventures as we explore this beautiful city and all it has to offer.