Healthcare Around The World #10: Brazil
Finally, we end our series of healthcare around the world with Brazil. Though I can’t believe the summer Olympics have already come and gone, I remember leading up to the event there was a lot of controversy surrounding how the country’s healthcare system would be able to support a huge influx of people from all over the world. After the fact, it seems that there was no problem. How exactly did they handle it? Still, that doesn’t mean the system is perfect.
To at least some degree, we are all aware of the dynamics around healthcare in the United States, centering around the struggles to make services affordable, ensuring equal access to care, and juggling the politics of party-line views between private and federally-sponsored healthcare (with everything along the middle of that spectrum). But how do other countries around the world offer healthcare to its people? Can their models provide us with some insight into how to modify our system to make it better?
Over the course of the next several articles, we will be viewing some interesting clips on the general model of healthcare in select countries across the globe. While this sampling is in no way representative of all possible models out there, it undoubtedly provides us with intriguing information to ponder.
Also, a disclaimer before we start. Some of the videos may be presenting biased opinions about the superiority of certain healthcare systems. My intention is to simply deliver the information without advocating for any particular viewpoint.
Serving as yet another example of universal healthcare, the Brazilian model presents a unique perspective. While offering public healthcare for all its citizens, the country focuses its efforts on ensuring access for its poorest. As shown in the video below, physicians are rewarded for working in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. Furthermore, the delivery of healthcare to all citizens goes beyond access to a sentiment of social responsibility, despite of the potential strain in terms of sustainability.
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