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Brazil launches plans to boost medical workforce

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4508 (Published 12 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4508
  1. Tiago Villanueva
  1. 1Lisbon

Brazil hopes to have 600 000 doctors by 2026 working in its Unified Health System (SUS), up from 374 000, by increasing its training capacity and fostering national and overseas recruitment of doctors to work in areas with shortages of doctors.

The federal government’s newly launched “Mais Médicos” (“More Doctors”) programme also proposes increasing the number of hospitals and other health units.

Alexandre Padilha, Brazil’s health minister, said, “Brazil lacks doctors: there are 1.8 doctors per 1000 inhabitants, a figure that is lower than several Latin American countries and countries whose public …

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