The Role of Information Processing in the Reorganization of the Social Security Health Care System of Brazil
The Brazilian health care system includes a large and rapidly growing national workers insurance, numerous private for-profit hospitals and HMO-like groups, governmental clinics and hospitals, and physicians who often combine both salaried and fee-for-service practices. Health care expenditures have grown from less than 1% to over 5% of the Gross National Product (GNP) between 1950 and 1980. While elements of this system provide medical care which is as sophisticated as can be found in any developed country, the public sector is overwhelmed by the needs of a large proportion of the population which still lacks access to even basic nutrition and sanitation. It mirrors the individualism and income distribution of the country.
KeywordsAmbulatory Care Health Care Expenditure Private Provider Gross National Product Crude Birth Rate
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