Pointed as the utmost priority voters, healthcare is not among the top priorities among the policy proposals that presidential candidates need to register in the Higher Electoral Court in order to run for election. A review shows vague proposals, with no mention of costs and hard to follow up with after Election Day.
Brazil has the biggest universal health care system in the world, called SUS (Unified Health System), which serves 75% of the country's population. But SUS suffers from chronic underfunding, a condition that will likely worsen in upcoming years because of the recession and recent austerity measures.
From all candidates, seven say they will increase healthcare spending; three have specific goals but don't go into detail on how to meet them.
João Amoêdo (Novo) and Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) are the only candidates who consider present spending as excessive.
One point of consensus is extending primary care services. But public hospitals are not contemplated in proposals from any of the candidates. None of them bring forward measures to deal with the bottlenecks in elective surgeries and the current state of destitution of federal healthcare institutions.
Translated by NATASHA MADOV