Brazilian Ministry of Health allocates BRL 99 million to improve nephrology services
The Brazilian Ministry of Health is releasing an additional BRL 99 million so that states and municipalities can improve the nephrology services offered by the Unified Health System (SUS). The funds will be transferred to 26 states and the federal district for monitoring, and for treating chronic renal failure patients at different stages in public health. This would also help them in providing extended care services such as dialysis and hemodialysis. The release of the new features is listed in Ordinance No. 1,744. The main services offered by SUS for nephrology treatments are hemodialysis, and dialysis treatment of chronic renal failure and pyelonephritis. The survey published last year estimated that 104,000 patients are kept in dialysis services in the public health system, and 92% of the total on hemodialysis and 8% on peritoneal dialysis. The SUS offers comprehensive care to users with kidney problems, including the supply of medicines and laboratory tests.