Health conditions and health-policy innovations in Brazil: the way forward.

Victora, CG; Barreto, ML; do Carmo Leal, M; Monteiro, CA; Schmidt, MI; Paim, J; Bastos, FI; Almeida, C; Bahia, L; Travassos, C; Reichenheim, M; Barros, FC; Lancet Brazil Series Working Group, ; , COLLABORATORS; Aquino, EM; Barata, RB; Barreto, SM; Chor, D; Duncan, BB; Macinko, J; Menezes, AM; Menezes, PR; Cecília S Minayo, M; Moraes, CL; Silva, CP; Souza, ER; Rodrigues, LC; Azevedo e Silva, G; Szwarcwald, CL; Gloria Teixeira, M; Ximenes, RA; (2011) Health conditions and health-policy innovations in Brazil: the way forward. Lancet, 377 (9782). pp. 2042-53. ISSN 0140-6736 DOI:

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: Brazil is a large complex country that is undergoing rapid economic, social, and environmental change. In this Series of six articles, we have reported important improvements in health status and life expectancy, which can be ascribed largely to progress in social determinants of health and to implementation of a comprehensive national health system with strong social participation. Many challenges remain, however. Socioeconomic and regional disparities are still unacceptably large, reflecting the fact that much progress is still needed to improve basic living conditions for a large proportion of the population. New health problems arise as a result of urbanisation and social and environmental change, and some old health issues remain unabated. Administration of a complex, decentralised public-health system, in which a large share of services is contracted out to the private sector, together with many private insurance providers, inevitably causes conflict and contradiction. The challenge is ultimately political, and we conclude with a call for action that requires continuous engagement by Brazilian society as a whole in securing the right to health for all Brazilian people.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 21561659
Web of Science ID: 292011700039


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