Malpractice in Portugal? Tough luck! It takes some very bad mistakes for a medic to be sued. And, frankly, I think that works our reasonably well. Medicine is not a pure science built around certainty, and no good comes out of suing people for the occasional or small mistakes. And to err is human and statistically will happen in some among the innumerous medical procedures. The latest notorious one was about a few pensioners going "blind" (5 in one of two eyes, mind you, not that the journalists reporting on the case mentioned that, only a sixth actually got blind) because of an exchange of products at the hospital where they were being treated for cataracts. One person mistakenly exchanged the product, another failed to double check. The victims were paid by the state (250000€ to make up for the inconvenience of the damage, more than the situation warranted imho. And now there's some silly criminal suit ongoing over the exchange, as if the two incompetents actually could have meant to harm someone. damn the journalists and the which hunts they encourage.