Brazil's Health Care Policy

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Brazil National Healthcare
Brazil operates on a health care policy called Unified Health System (SUS). This policy design provides care as the right of everyone and is the obligation of the government. Any resident who becomes permanent will receive this health care package free of charge because it is funds come from general taxes. People from Brazil have a choice to have a public health care provider or a private health care provider. They have a four-year national policy plan, which is reevaluated and edited at the end of each four-year term by Congress. The majority of health care services are provided by SUS. The minister of health administers it. Unlike the United States, individuals are not inclined to pay at time of service in Brazil. Although this sounds like the best health care plan ever, it is extremely costly. It is arranged for the government to pay the organizations back for their services, but what if their economy goes into meltdown and the government finds that they cannot make these reimbursements? In the 1980’s the providers stopped giving adequate work skills to patients due to lack of reimbursements by the government. It is said that about only 20% of Brazil’s health care users are going with the private sectors due to this. However, in comparison to United States, the government’s primary goal is to provide free national health care for the residents, especially those who live in poverty. Despite many struggles and vastly underfunded, Brazil’s public health reform has helped individuals receive the best quality care that he or she had been previously denied for. “About 70% of Brazil’s population receives care from this system, while the remainder of those who can afford to avoid the inconvenience of the public health system, opts for private care” (World Health Organization, 2010, para. 8). Concluding, National Healthcare is essential. Healthcare is costly, and most people cannot afford the financial burden. Brazil...
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