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Navigating Brazil’s Health Care System – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Waiting for medical assistance at a public medical center in Brazil

Waiting for medical assistance at a public medical center in Brazil

“Population disapproves of Brazil’s Health System” – No Pátio – 12 January 2012 (www.nopatio.com.br)


Our first healthcare need when we moved to Brazil was finding out the names of popular local medicines for common health problems: colds, fever, headaches, cuts and bruises, indigestion… I found the pharmacist at a drogaria or farmácia most helpful when seeking medicines for common ailments. In Fortaleza, we frequented Farmácia Pague Menos, the most popular drugstore chain.

When my sons first came down with a severe flu, I learned about the government-run children’s clinic, not far from my workplace. My spirits sank when I saw the crowd of parents with sick children spilling out of the entrances onto the courtyard. I feared that my sons would catch a deadly disease. Almost four hours later, when our turn came to see one of the…

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(Translated from Chinese)

Because none of us have many years to live, and we can’t take along anything when we go, so we don’t have to be too thrifty…

Spend the money that should be spent, enjoy what should be enjoyed, donate what you are able to donate, but don’t leave all to your children or grandchildren, for you don’t want them to become parasites who are waiting for the day you will die!!

Don’t worry about what will happen after we are gone, because when we return to dust, we will feel nothing about praises or criticisms. The time to enjoy the worldly life and your hard earned wealth will be over!    Continue reading