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Health Minister highlights importance of vacancy in medical courses

Percentage of doctors per capita in Brazil is lower than other countries with universal health care system

 
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Alexandre Padilha, Health Minister during the inauguration of medical school in east of state capital
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Alexandre Padilha, Health Minister during the inauguration of medical school in east of state capital

The Health Minister, Alexandre Padilha, highlighted the importance of job openings in medical courses in regions with higher demand for Unified Health System (SUS) on Friday (3) during the inauguration of higher education institution in the area east of Sao Paulo. For him, this will raise the number of doctors and promote a better distribution of these professionals in the country.

Currently the country has 1.83 ratio of doctor for every thousand inhabitants. Among the countries with universal health systems, Brazil is the lowest percentage of doctors. The rate is less than half of Cuba (6), Spain (3.96) and Portugal (3.87).

When the comparison is made between the states, the situation is even more critical. While Brasilia has four doctors for every thousand inhabitants, in Maranhão, the proportion is 0.6 per thousand. In Sao Paulo, the rate is 1.9 per thousand inhabitants doctor. According to Padilha, most new jobs in medicine went to the North and Northeast.

A close partnership with the Ministry of Education since last year. The vacancy rate for medical courses now takes into account the demand of the SUS. Our priority is to open vacancies in federal institutions or in private, provided with quality. Especially in regions that have no medical vacancies. The area east of Sao Paulo is an example, explained the minister.

The minister highlighted the funding of studies of medical students as an additional instrument to combat inequality in the distribution of physicians in the country. We have created a rule, together with the Ministry of Education, which, if a student who has Fies [Student Financing Fund] and work is where the NHS needs it, besides the salary, he will have discounted their debt, he said.

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