How to build a strong Primary Care in Brasil?

18 Aug

Brazil, with almost 200 millions inhabitants, has a public primary health system that covers 60% of the population. Health centers are public, with professionals working as public employees, and organized in health teams (one per 4.000 inhabitans, with a family physician, a nurse, an auxiliar and six agents of communiyt health). The Strategy of Family Medicine is supporting the work in the health centers. In this text, the authors present a summary of their recommendations to improve primary care in Brazil, after a field trial (visiting 19 States, 32 towns and 70 health centers).

See comentary published in the Canadian Journal Medical Association: Brazilian health care faces harsh choices. Download pdf version of the article here.