Information for Patients
Brazil was ranked for the best healthcare system in Latin America according to WHO. The healthcare system in Brazil is provided by both government and private institutions. In 1988, the Unified Health System (SUS) was introduced with the aims to ensure free access to health activities and services.
Currently, primary healthcare is one of the key pillars of public health in Brazil, covering approximately 70% of the population. However, the challenge in Brazil is to combat noncommunicable conditions such as trauma and cancer as well as infectious diseases. It is also found that many disadvantaged populations still lack access to healthcare and private insurance coverage has declined recently.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Brazil’s federal government has released the program More Doctors for Brazil. Eligible health care professionals must be have obtained a degree and hold a valid license from certain countries recognized by the state medical board. The eligible candidates must pass a medical knowledge exam and a Portuguese language examination to demonstrate near-native fluency in the language.
Medical Clinic, Pediatrics, General Surgery and Gynecology and Obstetrics are popular specialties in Brazil.
Information for Travelers
Unsurprisingly, Brazil has become a top medical tourism destination for modern plastic surgery due to the expertise of its plastic surgeons. The cosmetic surgery prices in brazil are approximately half price compare to the United States.
Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Rabies and Tetanus vaccinations are recommended. Also, Yellow Fever vaccination is required if travelling from Angola or the Democratic Republic of the Congo. All travelers should also avoid mosquito bites and have the proper protection to prevent mosquito-borne diseases such as Malaria, Dengue fever and Zika virus.
The common language of hospitals in Brazil is Portuguese. However, doctors in large cities, including Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, can also speak English, French or Spanish.