Portuguese health care professionals and patients are used to foreign doctors and accept them well.
This happens, because in the past there was a deficit of doctors in Portugal, so many foreign doctors immigrated to Portugal.
So, nowadays, there is a large community of doctors coming from Spain, Brazil, African countries (mostly, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique) and, in more recent years, from Eastern European countries (mostly, Ukraine and Moldavia).
Most of these doctors work in smaller cities, as these are the ones that need doctors the most.
However, because of the financial crisis, many of these doctors are returning to their home countries or going to other european countries.
Regarding training doctors: they are welcomed, but, as we have said, it is expected that, in the near future, the number of available training positions will be inferior to the number of candidates to medical training.
As a consequence, it will be harder, in the future, for foreign doctors to get a training position in Portugal.