60% Brazilians living under poor health conditions: CFM (Federal Council of Medicine)
According to data collected from a survey conducted by CFM (Federal Council of Medicine), six out of 10 Brazilians live under poor health conditions. In all, 2,069 men and women aged over 16 years participated in the survey conducted by public and private networks. The results obtained this year are not significantly different from the 2014 results. On a scale of 1 to 10, 24% of Brazilians gave zero score for the overall health while 24% gave a score of 5. In all, 18% of the people associated with SUS gave the zero ranking while 19% rated 5. The NHS is supported by the people, who do not have health insurance and use the system. The number of people using NHS declined from 89% in 2014 to 83% this year. Around 83% people do not have the health insurance system. According to the respondents, waiting time is a major factor contributing to the poor service (36%), followed by scarcity of doctors (19%). Care provided in healthcare organizations and distributions of medicines are among the services, to which respondents have easier access. According to a CFM spokesperson, the Ministry of Health has suggested investing heavily in the healthcare skeleton in the country while the amount allocated for primary healthcare services has been increased from BRL 9.7 billion in 2010 to BRL 20 billion in 2014. BRL 5.7 billion were allocated for People’s Pharmacy project, which provides 112 items with up to 90% discount.
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