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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