Episode 7 – UBI: Preventive healthcare

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We live to treat disease and forget that the most important is to take care of our health.

Society doesn’t prevent physical and mental ilnesses and the pandemic exposed serious depression, stress, anxiety, and suicide problems.

Is it possible to overcome the statistics and guarantee that health is a priority from the first day of life?

The answer can be here. Come and learn about the UBI.



Nuno Alvim has a degree in Law and Criminology, having worked in this field for a few years. It didn’t take him long to realise his true call would be not-for-profit organizational management.

He is Chairman of the Board of the Portuguese Vegetarian Association, an NGO that promotes a plant-based diet, with a relevant role in political lobbying which turned out to be decisive in the approval of an innovative law that requires the supply of strict vegetarian meals in all Portuguese public facilities.

He was also co-founder of "Portugal without Bullfighting", a network project that aims to ban bullfighting from Portuguese culture, as well as of "The Kind Lab", a vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics production company based in Santa Maria da Feira.


Henrique Barros graduated in Medicine in 1981 and is a full professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, having acquired the title of hospital assistant of Gastroenterology and, subsequently, completed his PhD about epidemiological research on viral hepatitis.

He is currently President of the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto and leader of the National Health Council, the Government's advisory body on health policy

He worked on the creation of master's degrees in public health, epidemiology, health education, and sociology and health, as well as doctoral programs in public health at the University of Porto and in Global Public Health, an academic program funded by the FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology).

Throughout his career, he has developed research work in national and international projects, in areas such as clinical and perinatal epidemiology, cardiovascular and infectious diseases, and cancer.

He was also coordinator of the national programme for HIV/AIDS infection from 2005 to 2011 and President of the Portuguese Epidemiology Association between 2013 and 2015.


Jorge Félix Cardoso is a doctor and parliamentary adviser in the European Parliament. He is the author of the master's thesis "A critique of the theories of justice in health and a scheme of Unconditional Basic Income as a paradigm for new public health interventions", at the University of Minho.


Francisco Miranda Rodrigues is the current President of the Portuguese Psychologists Association.

Specialised in Work, Social and Organizations Psychology and in Occupational Health Psychology, he is also a behavioural and leadership consultant.

As a psychologist, he works in human resources management, quality, environment, and hygiene, health, and safety at work, as well as training of communication, socio-emotional, mediation and conflict resolution skills.

He is also a consultant in personal and organizational development, behavioural insights, leadership, personal and team effectiveness, and a specialist in gamification.

With a postgraduate degree in psychotherapy and educational counseling from the Portuguese Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (APTCC), he is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Lisbon.


Louise Haagh is a professor at the Department of Politics of the University of York, an expert in economic security and a reference when it comes to Unconditional Basic Income.

She is co-editor-in-chief of the academic journal Basic Income Studies and chairperson of the Basic Income Earth Network, focusing part of her work on Unconditional Basic Income and its umbilical link to the democratic development of the economy and the fair redistribution of income.

She participates, as an expert, in international institutions such as the Council of Europe and the World Health Organization.

(https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/404387/20190606-h1015-ubi-policies-en.pdf - “Universal basic income policies and their potential for addressing health inequities Transformative approaches to a healthy, prosperous life for all”)

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