The Dissemination of Local Health Innovations: Political Economy Issues in Brazil

  • Erika Aragão
  • Jane Mary Guimarães
  • Sebastião Loureiro
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Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


In a book exploring the scope for mutually supportive integration between addressing health care needs and promoting industrialization, Brazil’s experience offers an important case study. 1 This chapter presents Brazil’s main strategies to ensure access to medicines to tackle the population’s principal health problems. It particularly aims to show how the principle of the universality of care has influenced industrial policies and production in the pharmaceutical sector. Although more than 25 years have passed since Unified Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde : SUS) was established, and much progress has been made, a great many challenges remain. This chapter focuses particularly on those related to access to health technologies.


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© Erika Aragão, Jane Mary Guimarães and Sebastião Loureiro 2016

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  • Erika Aragão
  • Jane Mary Guimarães
  • Sebastião Loureiro

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