The portuguese health sector, at a glance

Health Cluster Portugal: from knowledge to market

The Health sector is a prominent, fast-evolving sector in Portugal, which has experienced a remarkable evolution during the last couple of decades.

:: Portuguese exports of health products have grown 106% between 2008 and 2018 ::

"Made in Portugal" means quality, reliability and competitiveness. Portuguese companies are internationally recognised as high-quality suppliers of healthcare products and services, having high standards of quality and being capable of developing, manufacturing and supplying a wide range of products and services, with high flexibility.

In 2018, the value of Portuguese exports of goods from the health sector was EUR 1.291 million, representing a growth of 106% comparatively to 2008.


:: The scientific production increased by 89% between 2008 and 2015, and in 2013 over 600 students concluded a PhD in health or life sciences ::

Portugal has a vibrant and innovative Research & Development ecosystem, characterized by the presence of world-class institutions and scientists ( International panels of experts have classified 13 out of 24 Portuguese Life and Health Sciences R&D Units as Exceptional, Excellent or Very Good.

On its basis there is a high-quality education system, which every year graduates thousands of well-prepared professionals in areas such as medicine, nursing, therapy and rehabilitation, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, biomedical sciences and pharmaceutical sciences. More than 600 of these new graduations each year correspond to new doctorates in the areas of life, medical and health sciences, and medical engineering.


:: Portugal has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world, and is in the front group of countries with the highest life expectancy at birth ::

Portugal has a high-quality healthcare system, with excellent professionals and modernly equipped. The ultimate evidence of this quality consists on the country’s high-standard health indicators.

Besides its quality, which comes side-by-side with safety and innovation, the Portuguese offer in healthcare is also cost-competitive in several market segments. Taken together with the country’s geographic location, its climate, its tourism, culture and leisure offer, and the hospitality of the people, for example, these characteristics make Portugal a perfect destination for medical tourism.


:: Portugal is a competitive partner for contract R&D services and clinical trials ::

Given the quality of its research infrastructures, Portugal is a competitive supplier of specialised scientific/technological/analytical services, as well as an attractive destination for conducting clinical trials.

One must mention the case of "TRIS-HCP | Translational and Clinical Research Infrastructures Specialisation Platform – Health Cluster Portugal" (, which is integrated in the Portuguese Roadmap of Research Infrastructures 2014-2020, and makes available, through its members, a wide range of resources, services and expertise in the domains of translational and clinical research.

Portugal: the right place to invest and build partnerships in Health

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