Brazil’s extreme diversity in social, economic and health conditions is also reflected in its healthcare delivery systems. It is possible to find high quality services side-by-side with substandard ones. Large cities like Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and particularly São Paulo host the most advanced forms of medical technology and the most qualified health professionals. Brazil has developed into a center of excellence for healthcare in Latin America, with major universities that support research, teaching and training of medical professionals. Outside of the United States, Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo was the first to be accredited by JCI, the most recognized healthcare certification group. Private spending for healthcare in Brazil is around 60%, a higher share than most Latin American countries and even the United States.
The private sector is by far the best option for medical tourists, with the best technology, most qualified healthcare practitioners and most versatile language capabilities to deal with international visitors seeking services. However, Brazil vision for creating a public health system to provide “health for all”, has helped to provide health coverage to much of the country’s poor and a recent World Bank report has called Brazil’s national health system Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) an outstanding success. After years of a lack in basic health services for the poor, Brazil established a public health system formed by federal, state and municipal services working together in an integrated way.
Hospitals and Doctors Standards in Brazil
Brazil’s success in private healthcare delivery has led to fierce competition with doctors trying to constantly upgrade their skills, their certifications and their medical facilities. In the field of plastic surgery, for instance, Brazil is recognized worldwide as a hub for great professionals. Brazil had developed a system for forming great healthcare professionals including strict government oversight in licensing for schools, licensing for professional practice, and norms and standards of practice set by medical societies and councils. The Brazilian Medical Association, a non-profit organization with more than 140,000 associates, serves to defend the dignity of the medical professional and quality of care to the health of the population.
Some of its private hospitals such as the Sociedade Hospital Samritano, launched by a group of international doctors, had gone a long way to provide a leading role in Brazil’s medical tourism scene offering everything from Cardiology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Oncology to Emergency care.
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