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03.04.2013

Government insists shortage of doctors in the country, medical associations bounce off

Medical organizations challenged the government's argument and claimed the policy during internalization act in Congress

Foto: Elza Fiuza/ABr
Health Minister Alexandre Padilha, participates in joint public hearing of the commission on Social Security and Family; Financial Supervision and Control and Consumer Protection
Health Minister Alexandre Padilha, participates in joint public hearing of the commission on Social Security and Family; Financial Supervision and Control and Consumer Protection

The Health Minister Alexandre Padilha, again said on Wednesday (3) remaining doctors in the country. According to him, the rate of workers per thousand inhabitants in Brazil reached 1.8. In Argentina, this ratio is 3.2, in Portugal, in Spain and 3.9, 4.Ontem, medical entities countered the government's argument that lack of professionals in the country. During act in Congress, they demanded what they call political internalization of public health so there is a redistribution of doctors already in operation.

Today (3), during a public hearing in the House of Representatives, Padilha defended the measures announced, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, including the encouragement of entry, the Brazilian health system, doctors trained abroad and vacancy of medicine courses in places where there is a shortage of professionals.

It is true that there have doctors in Brazil said. Brazil has an amount that falls short of other national government, the minister said.

According to him, 25.9% of physicians attending the American population, for example, are not formed in the United States. In England, the rate reaches 37%, Australia 22.8%, Canada 17.9%, and Brazil 1.8%.

Mean that this debate could mean a drop in quality is not compatible to what happens in other countries. If we want to offer free universal public health, we must expand the level of medical and vacancies increase, the minister said.

Padilha also noted that the expansion of health services in Brazil in recent years, allowed formal procurement market increasing, but the number of graduates has not kept pace with demand.

Data indicate that, from 2003 to 2011, the country graduated 93,000 doctors. In the same period, there were 146,800 admissions first job in medicine.

Brazil has very few doctors and poorly distributed. The doctor Maranhão has 0.6 per thousand inhabitants and has 6 Brasilia. The number of vacancies medicine is also unevenly distributed, he said.

Source: Isaude.net