Diogo Serras Lopes opened the sixth Expresso / Deloitte debate on the Recovery and Resilience Plan for 2021-2026 with the announcement of new, more proactive and resolute health centers.
“The Recovery and Resilience Plan will clearly transform the face of health in Portugal,” said the Secretary of State for Health, Diogo Serras Lopes, at the opening of the debate “PRR: a driver for the transformation of the health sector?” promoted on Tuesday by Expresso in partnership with Deloitte.
The Portuguese government proposes to allocate € 1,383 million just to strengthen the capacity of the National Health Service (SNS).
According to Expresso, investment priorities include € 463 million for health care with more responses; € 300 million for digital transition in health; € 205 million for the national integrated continuous care network and the national palliative care network; € 196 million for equipment in the hospitals of Seixal, Sintra, Lisbon; € 89 million to strengthen Madeira’s regional health service; € 85 million to complete mental health reform; € 30 million for the digital hospital in the Azores and € 15 million for digitizing healthcare in Madeira.
In the document it can also be read that the biggest investment will be in health centers, strengthening the capacity for early diagnosis of cancers and other diseases, expanding the portfolio of services provided, investing in the construction and requalification of facilities and investing in proximity responses, through teleconsultations and telemonitoring of chronic diseases.
Other opportunities were also presented that the PRR brings to the public and private sector, including companies integrated in the so-called “Ecosystem” of health.
“You have to put ‘the dots in the is’
In turn, the president of the Ordem dos Médicos, Miguel Guimarães, warns that the funds foreseen for health in the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) are not worth more than 2% of the annual public expenditure on health.
The PRR “is to be carried out for five years, which in practice means about € 277 million per year”, explained the president during the debate. “It may seem like it is a bombastic thing in terms of investment, but you have to put ‘the points in the is’ in relation to the value that we will have”.
The President of the Medical Association warned that the “way too big” that the sector still has to go in terms of digitalization, writes the Express.