The current healthCare system in brazil is a testament of improvement after the military dictatorship that started in 1964. It is called SUS- Sistema Único de Saúde.
The system promotes the slogan of “health for all”, where the Federal, State and municipal government authorities have taken financial and social responsibility to provide its residents comprehensive and free health care.
Currently, 70% of the nation populous is reaping the benefits of this system, while the rest enjoy the private health care available through variable sources. The healthcare if funded and run by the Brazilian government and more accurately, the Ministry of Health.
The responsibilities include providing public health services, running of government hospitals and any associated medical services.
Despite its problems, now the poor people of Brazil are in better condition owing to the public health system. The healthCare solution is constitutional right based on easy access to primary care. Besides the usual emergency services, there is also the health workers, who educate and help the needy and their families with their health issues.
Under the “Family Health Programme” created in 1994, Brazil HealthCare SUS is revolutionized, catering to families by launching an all-inclusive health plan accessible at their homes nearby clinics as well as the city hospitals.
According to date reported by the World Health Organization, currently 2000 families, in 5560 municipalities are being treated under this program by the 27, 000 Family health teams.
Besides catering to the primary needs of its citizens, the Brazilian healthcare is also tackling health concerns regarding prevention, and solutions to deadly diseases. As a developing country, it has an additional burden of dealing with increased risks conditions like Dengue and Cancer.
Who can afford the Brazilian HealthCare?
The answer is everyone, whether you are a born citizen or an international resident, the public health services are at your disposal. All that is needed is a Brazilian identification card and the SUS card.
The health care has graced the news on multiple occasions because of its generosity and principle to cater to all. As, it was described to enforce the need for universal health care coverage when the voting for Obamacare began to surface.
Now like any system, even if it is massively beneficial to the masses more often than not has flaws or room for improvement. In the case of Brazil HealthCare, major development is needed in infrastructure, execution (more health care personnel) and of course funding (in 2013 the estimated health care expenditure was $208 billion).
Although the intentions are good, the government is not just in the position to cater to the 207.8 million. Hospitals are still flooded with patients, with waiting for months to get access to specialists like cardiologists and endocrinologists.
Things are especially difficult in hard to reach places like the Amazonian regions, where there is actually more need for prevention and elimination of diseases and hygiene issues.
While the government has taken steps to target these poor and remote areas by introducing the Mais Médicos, the more doctors program, where the hire local and foreign doctors to solve healthcare issues in remote areas.
As of now, Brazil’s healthCare system is extremely beneficial and a huge step towards the development of its people, but still big and expensive changes are required for the to make it easily and properly accessible for its residents, at their local municipalities and states.