Title: Ageing in Portugal: regional iniquities in health and health care
Authors: Santana, Paula 
Keywords: Ageing population;Health care;Portuguese National Health Service
Issue Date: 2000
Citation: Social Science & Medicine. 50:7-8 (2000) 1025-1036
Abstract: The health of the Portuguese has improved considerably in the last twenty years. Economic and social transformations that have contributed to the progressive amelioration of problems of feeding, sanitation, hygiene, housing and social conditions in general, as well as health services, have had decisive effect on this phenomenon. The spectacular regression of the indicators related to transmitted diseases, infant, perinatal (more than 50% between 1985 and 1994) and maternal mortality, and the mortality of children 1 to 4 yr old, also reflects this impact. The positive changes that took place in health indicators were reflected in the growth of life expectancy at birth (2.2 yr more for male and 2.3 more for women between 1985 and 1994) in spite of the fact that the difference in life expectancy in relation to EU countries has grown. Improvement in life expectancy, especially in the older age groups, is not normally associated with significant reductions in morbidity. In fact, increased longevity has become more generally associated with chronic illness or other disabilities requiring more medical services and other forms of personal care.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/5512
Rights: openAccess
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