Brazil health and private health care
For many people the least desirable aspect of travelling abroad
is the way it can expose us to a number of illnesses. However,
it is always reassuring to know that where ever we travel, decent
and affordable travel health care is readily available. Health care
in Brazil is no exception.
Brazil health care is improving in line with the country's more
stable economy. While healthcare services and dental health
care is generally considered to be of a good standard in the
major capital cities, it can vary in terms of efficiency, especially
in smaller cities.
There are issues around accessibility of
universal health care in Brazil for its people and
tourists especially, due to poorly funded state hospitals.
It is said that in smaller cities, only those with infectious
or life threatening emergencies can be guaranteed a hospital bed.
Nevertheless, there is also an extensive network of private health
care in Brazil for both residents and tourists visiting the country.
However, the very fact that medical emergencies can do often arise
while on holiday, private Brazil health care costs can be
prohibitive. It is imperative that you take out adequate
medical emergency health insurance to
cover yourself, should the unexpected happen.
In contrast to healthcare systems in European countries, in Brasil
it is highly probable that you will not need to visit or even
be referred by a General Practitioner in order to receive any
specialist consultation or medical treatment. Foreigners living
in Brazil would normally consult specialist health providers in
the private sector.
In any event, there is a severe shortage of Brazilian GP's, since
most doctors tend to pursue more lucrative, specialised areas of
work. To correct this imbalance in the primary area of Brazil
health care, a public family healthcare initative has been
introduced by the government. Under this new system, a multi-
disciplinary team consisting of doctors, dentists, nurses and
other community health agencies are charged with the task of
managing specific states' primary care.
Consulting private health care
doctor in Brazil
In the unfortunate event you should fall ill, you can pay to
have a private doctor visit you or you can visit one - médico
You can find information and a list English, German and French-
speaking private health care doctors in Brazil at local tourist
offices and at some hotels in the larger cities and tourist
areas. In smaller or more remote areas, you will most likely
have to rely on your Portuguese speaking abilities.
If you you are not covered by private health insurance prior to
your Brazil travel northeast, you can expect to pay somewhere in
the region of R$50 to R$100 for a consultation, which will
also cover you for a return visit to the doctor. Any prescribed
medication will be fairly inexpensive.
Increasingly, more and more people are travelling to have
cosmetic surgery in Brazil. Cosmetic surgery
procedures are significantly cheaper and is considered a major
industry in Brazil.
In the event of a medical emergency arising in any remote
areas, Brazil operate a very good air ambulance service,
with a guarantee response time of within 24 hours. Should
you need the air ambulance service, if at all possible, be sure to
check with your health insurance company
that you are in fact covered, prior to requesting one.
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