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Family Medicine in Brazil: Establishing the Specialty

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Artigo publicado em 10/2005. Local de publicação: Family Medicine

Resumo

There are many parallels between Brazil and the United States?the countries are large, primarily urban, and ethnically diverse, and they have much social inequality.

Both counties have complicated medical care systems made up of both public and private institutions that are specialty and hospital dominated. However, in the last decade, Brazil has addressed many of its inequalities in health care by enacting universal access to care and a plan to provide primary care to all its citizens.

Brazil has approximately 180 million people, who live in 26 states.

Based on economic variables, Brazil can be divided into three parts, with standards of living and health care statistics similar to those found in Belgium (the South and Southeast), Bulgaria (Center-West and North), and India (Northeast).