26 Sep, 16 | by BMJ
Primary care covers the whole population, but it’s underfunded and has increasing difficulty recruiting doctors; and there are worries about equity and the quality of care. This could be the NHS in Britain, but it’s the health system in Florianópolis, Brazil. The NHS can learn from the Brazilian experience, and Jorge Zepeda, a family physician and former director of primary care in Florianópolis, shared how the services have responded creatively to the pressures at a C3 breakfast seminar last week.
The development of primary care in Brazil
Brazil committed itself to universal health coverage soon after democracy was restored in 1988 after years of military rule. Recognising the importance of primary care, the country introduced more…