How can I get a horrid lump looked at that may be a melanoma, without paying hundreds, just dont have the finances, till I sell my property ???
If its growing rapidly, itching like crazy, or bleeding around the edges, get it looked at now.
However most mole like lumps aren't melanoma, so don't worry until you've seen someone.
Personally i'd pay any amount to not spend hours, days or weeks worrying myself to death.
But here in Portugal - its not like the USA, - make a private appointment with any doctor and the average charge is less than 30 euros - and nearly all doctors will take private appointments the same day - if not there and then.
Failing that the local A&E will always see you and as stated before will charge 28 euros - take your passport.
If you really haven't got 30 euros pm me and i'll post it to you.
Best of luck
if you're from the UK, don't you have a EHIC form that would cover you - if you're here on holiday ?
If you move to an EEA country to live but not work and don't receive a UK benefit, you may be eligible for up to two-and-a-half years of state healthcare, paid for by the UK.
You will need to apply for form S1 (or form E106 if you are moving to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland) with the Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle). You also need to prove that you have worked in the UK and paid National Insurance contributions up to three years before your departure.
For further advice, contact the Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle):
Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle)Room TC001Tyneview ParkWhitley RoadNewcastle upon TyneNE98 1BA
Phone 0191 218 1999 (Monday to Friday 8am-5pm).
The S1 (or E106) will entitle you to treatment on the same basis as a resident of the country you are moving to. This may mean that you have to make a patient contribution toward the cost of your care.
When the cover on the S1 (or E106) expires, you cannot get any further medical cover from the UK until you receive a UK state pension. It is up to the country’s authorities to decided whether you are eligible to join their healthcare scheme.
You will also be entitled to a UK-issued EHIC, allowing you to visit other EEA countries besides the one you are a resident with.