Health in the development process: The case of Brazil

Werner Baer, Antonio Campino, Tiago Cavalcanti

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Abstract

This article describes the health situation of Brazil's population, Brazil's health system, and their implications for the development process. It is shown that although there were substantial improvements in the last decades, Brazil still has an epidemiologic pattern where infectious and parasitic diseases are still prevalent. This is due to the lack of an adequate sanitary infrastructure, which is related to the country's highly concentrated distribution of income. The latter has resulted in a distortion of health expenditures, emphasizing curative at the expensive of preventive medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-425
Number of pages21
JournalQuarterly Review of Economics and Finance
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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