Luz Saúde



Luz Saúde is one of Portugal’s most important private healthcare companies. Workers go on regular strikes at hospitals and old people’s homes run by the company, demanding better pay, the implementation of a collective bargaining agreement, as well as an end to union repression. Unions have alleged on several occasions, at several different facilities, over the course of several years, that their members were prohibited from meeting with Luz Saúde staff, defying Portugal’s freedom of association laws.


Private hospitals and old people's homes


Violation data is still being gathered for Luz Saúde at this time.

Information in this section is drawn from the Violation Tracker database produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in Washington DC. It is the most comprehensive source of data on business violations of laws and regulations in the United States. For specific examples of misconduct, please click on the links.


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How Public Health Feed Private Health

Published by
Setenta e Quatro
Cláudia Marques Santos

Sobrecarga horária, pluriemprego, fuga de profissionais para o privado. Entender o estado da saúde pública em Portugal passa por diversos fatores estruturais, políticos, organizacionais, mas também por perceber os ganhos milionários que dá ao privado.

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Private schools, private hospitals… And the people deprived of education and health!

Published by
A Contradição
Carlos Vieira

É incrível a quantidade de pessoas que têm manifestado a sua surpresa e indignação por não fazerem a mínima ideia de que o dinheiro dos seus impostos era utilizado para financiar colégios privados. Até Miguel Sousa Tavares, comentador televisivo que, nessa qualidade, devia estar mais atento a tud

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And so our health goes down the drain...

Published by
António Rodrigues

À privatização crescente, impõe-se contrapor uma prioridade: a revisão da atual Lei de Bases da Saúde, aprovada em 1990 com os votos favoráveis do PSD e CDS.

30 de Janeiro, 2018 - 16:30h

António Rodrigues

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Health Privatization at the Speed of Light

Published by
Saúde SA

Hospital Luz Saúde aplica €35 milhões em Cascais. Parceria com a Católica prevê um hospital universitário totalmente privado que abrirá em 2019. 

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The same year, Luz Saúde management told security of Hospital da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal, to bar organizers from the Sindicato dos Trabalhadores do Comércio, Escritórios e Serviços de Portugal (Trade, Office and Services Workers Union of Portugal, CESP/CGTP-IN) from contacting workers.


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Aveiro: Private health sector joins the day of indignation and protest

Terra Nova | February 9, 2023

Hospital da Luz employees gathered to demand their rights be respected.

Hospital da Luz workers unanimously approve strike on April 26th

Confederação Geral dos Trabalhadores Portugueses | April 8, 2022

One day of striking will be a demonstration to the administration that the workers will show their discontent and that they are united in the struggle for a fair increase in wages for all and in the demand for the application of their collective bargaining agreement (CCT).

“Greed and Profit Virus” dominates private health groups

Confederação Geral dos Trabalhadores Portugueses | October 19, 2021

The Employers' Association of Private Hospitalization (APHP), which represents, among others, Luz Saúde, CUF and the Lusíadas Group, continues to incessantly seek the withdrawal of workers' rights so that they have even more profits.

Complaints of low wages in the private hospital sector

Confederação Geral dos Trabalhadores Portugueses | July 2, 2021

The protest and struggle for better wages and for the negotiation of collective bargaining in the private hospital sector was brought to the door of three institutions: Hospital da Luz, in Póvoa de Varzim, belonging to the Luz Saúde Group, Casa de Saúde São Lázaro, in Braga, and Hospital Lusíadas, of Grupo Lusíadas, also in Braga.

Union denounces repression at Hospital da Luz

Abril Abril | March 15, 2019

The protest action took place today at lunchtime, next to Hospital da Luz, bringing together workers and union leaders, who, in addition to several protest cries, distributed pamphlets to patients criticizing Luz Saúde's misconduct.

New strike at Luz Saúde call center in Vila Nova de Gaia

Abril Abril | August 19, 2017

Workers who are currently at Hospital da Arrábida, in Vila Nova de Gaia, would be forced to travel 40 kilometers a day to Póvoa de Varzim, without “accessible public transport and adequate timetables from the Póvoa de Varzim metro station” to the new place of work if they accept the transfer.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Regulator fines Lusíadas and Hospital da Luz for discriminating against ADSE users in appointments

Público | March 21, 2023

The Regulatory Health Entity (ERS) fined Lusíadas SA and Hospital da Luz SA for discriminating against patients who scheduled appointments through the national health service (ADSE), in comparison with private or insured patients.

Fine of 190 million euros for private hospitals

Inês Schreck | Jornal de Notícias | July 1, 2022

The Competition Authority (AdC) concluded that Trofa, Mello, Lusíadas and Luz Saúde, as well as the Hospital Particular do Algarve, coordinated the strategy and negotiating position to be adopted in the context of negotiations with the public health system (ADSE)...

Aveiro private hospital sentenced in case of death of woman after surgery

Diário de Notícias | February 3, 2022

The Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) confirmed the sentencing of Hospital da Luz de Aveiro to pay compensation of 71,000 euros to the son of a woman who died after stomach reduction surgery.

"Impermissible promiscuity": Left Bloc asks for clarification on PPP hospitals in Cascais and Loures

Esquerda | May 16, 2019

The Left Bloc's request also refers to Hospital Beatriz Ângelo de Loures (HBA), from where it received complaints from "patients who are transferred from Hospital da Luz to the HBA after undergoing complicated surgeries or hospitalizations, in order to continue the treatments, once the limits of insurance are exhausted".

Abuse of power and corruption. After all, what are the cases that led the judiciary police to the Lisbon City Council?

TSF Rádio Notícias | May 16, 2019

Among the cases in question are three that had already been announced in 2017 as being the subject of investigation, such as the contract canceled by the municipality in the Second Circular, Torre de Picoas and Hospital da Luz.

Luz Saúde confirms its premises were searched by the Competition Authority (AdC) and says it is willing to collaborate

RTP | May 10, 2019

The searches are aimed at obtaining evidence of anti-competitive practices, clarifying the AdC that they do not mean that the targeted companies will be condemned, nor do they imply a judgment on the culpability of their conduct in the market.

Luz Saúde paid not to reinstate a worker with a precarious relationship

Confederação Geral dos Trabalhadores Portugueses | May 10, 2016

The worker, informed by the union delegates that she was fired illegally, turned to the union's legal services, which promptly took the case to the Labor Court. The company was then made to pay a compensation of 5,500 euros to the worker, so as not to have to reinstate her in her post and place of work...

Employment Practices
& Relations
Grupo Luz Saúde threatened workers on strike

Abril Abril | March 20, 2023

The CESP/CGTP-IN union is warning against "hijacking the right to strike" at Luz Saúde. The auxiliary workers who joined the Saturday strike are being threatened by the bosses with unjustified absences.

The Directorate-General for Social Protection for Workers in the Public Sector (ADSE) Council calls exclusions announced by CUF and Luz Saúde "unethical"

Maria Caetano | Diário de Notícias | September 7, 2021

ADSE's General and Supervisory Board considers it "unacceptable and unethical" that the CUF and Luz Saúde groups exclude treatments and surgeries previously scheduled for dates after the entry into force of new price lists, which took place on September 1.

Shopping vouchers for nurses to attract other health professionals "outrages" Left Bloc and nurses

Observador | November 18, 2020

Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, in Loures, and the SNS24 Line are offering shopping vouchers to supermarket chains as incentives to health providers, a measure that “outraged” the Left Bloc and professional associations.

Luz Saúde "deals badly" with freedom of association

Abril Abril | October 15, 2019

In a press release, the Trade, Office and Services Workers Union of Portugal (CESP/CGTP-IN) reveals that, yesterday, managers were prevented from contacting workers at the facilities of the company Luz Saúde located at Quinta do Lambert, in Lisbon.

Union accuses Loures Hospital administration of blocking appointments

TSF Rádio Notícias | May 31, 2019

This Friday, the South Zone Doctors Union called out the Loures Hospital's blocking of scheduling second consultations, having already made a complaint to the administration and requested an audit to the Ministry of Health.

Luz Saúde prevents union from contacting workers

Abril Abril | February 8, 2019

"In fact, at the previously scheduled time, the directors were received by three security chiefs, who said that they were not authorized by Luz Saúde to develop union activity and that they would have to leave the premises", says the Trade, Office and Services Workers Union of Portugal (CESP).

Union denounces precariousness at Hospital da Luz Arrábida, in Gaia

Saúde Online | December 14, 2016

“This is a company that systematically refuses to dialogue with the union. We have asked for meetings with the Luz Saúde Group and here with the administration of Hospital da Arrábida, but they have been denied,” he said.

Union prohibited from meeting with workers at Hospital da Luz, in Guimarães

Porto Canal | July 7, 2016

The union publicly denounced what happened because the Portuguese Constitution emphasizes the right to assembly as a fundamental right of workers. Therefore, what happened is considered "an attack on the right to assembly by the Luz Saúde group", read the communiqué.

Private hospitals continue to charge COVID fees, with rates reaching 150 euros

Beatriz Madaleno de Assunção | CNN Portugal | June 10, 2022

The Health Regulatory Authority (ERS) confirmed, in May 2020, the right of private healthcare providers to include the extra related to the price of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the costs charged to patients. However, two years have passed and the country is no longer in a state of emergency, but companies continue charging these fees.

Luz Saúde Group vaccinates the CEO and other non-priority staff

Esquerda | February 5, 2021

Meanwhile, the newspaper Expresso reports that Isabel Vaz, CEO of Luz Saúde Group, has already been vaccinated, despite her age and no pathologies to justify it.

Pregnant women who test positive for covid-19 are refused in private hospitals

Público | September 10, 2020

Hospital da Luz also only guarantees scheduled deliveries to infected women at the Lisbon unit.

Private hospitals are charging consumers for protective equipment. Deco is asking the regulator for clarification

Esquerda | April 21, 2020

A Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO) official says that "this charge is in fact taking place and is widespread in the various private health units", with complaints about CUF, Lusíadas and Luz Saúde.

Hospital da Luz requires in-person work in call centers where protection is lacking

Esquerda | April 15, 2020

The Solidarity Response Platform alleges that the Luz Saúde Group is forcing most of its workers in the call centers of Hospital da Luz, in Lisbon and Vila Real, to go to work in its facilities without complying with the distancing rules or providing sufficient protective material.

Private hospitals are charging consumers for protective equipment. Deco is asking the regulator for clarification

Esquerda | April 21, 2020

A Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO) official says that "this charge is in fact taking place and is widespread in the various private health units", with complaints about CUF, Lusíadas and Luz Saúde.


Corporate Headquarters
Rua Carlos Alberto da Mota Pinto, 17-9.º, Edifício Amoreiras Square, Lisboa, 1070-313, Portugal
Most Recent Gross Revenue
$ 639.5 million (2020) | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
$ -29.1 million (2020) | source
Stock Exchange Tickers
Major Shareholders

49% of Luz Saúde's shares are held by Fosun International.

Major Projects
There are six groups interested in the Lusíadas group, including Luz Saúde

Sapo | March 4, 2022

The sale of the Lusíadas group, which is currently owned by the largest private healthcare group in the world, the North American United Healthcare, is very competitive. On the table will be six non-binding proposals, many of which are foreign, mainly from Spanish companies, but also from French ones.

49% of Luz Saúde's capital is transferred to Fosun International

Observador | January 24, 2018

In the middle of this month, Fosun International concluded the purchase of 46,815,704 shares from the insurance company Fidelidade, representing 49% of the share capital and voting rights, the group announced this Tuesday.


Private healthcare companies demand millions from the state for pandemic losses

Esquerda | February 2, 2022

According to Jornal de Notícias (JN), the Luz Saúde group has already submitted a request for financial rebalancing to the Regional Administration of Lisbon and Tagus Valley (ARS LVT). In the absence of a response, the private group will resort to the justice system.

Grupo Luz Saúde got the most in public funding during the pandemic

Zap | October 21, 2020

GLSMed Trade, from the Luz Saúde group, was the company that earned the most in contracts made by the Public Administration to respond to the pandemic, Público found this Wednesday.

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