Reforming the Health Business

By Sarah O’Sullivan, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Jose Gomes Temporao, the national health minister, plans to “radically reform” Brazil’s public health care system. He openly acknowledges the anomaly that is public health, and blames antiquated administrative processes, some that are more than 50 years old.

Chantal James, a Canadian national living in Rio, had no private health plan when she became pregnant in 2007. Not overly concerned, she sought out the ‘best’ maternity hospital the public system had to offer. She remembers when her child was born. “It was horrific. Not so much the fact that the . . .

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