Cuban doctors who participated in Mais Médicos might be able to return to the program for up to two years. The proposal is part of a report presented on Tuesday (17) in a committee in Congress that examines the provisional measures for Doctors for Brazil, a program that will gradually replace Mais Médicos.
Mais Medicos was a program launched on July 8, 2013, by the Dilma Rousseff Government that aimed to supply doctors in the interior municipalities and the peripheries of the major cities of Brazil.
In these two years, doctors must revalidate their diploma, and they will receive the full payment. If approved after two years, they may continue to pursue the profession and seek a place in the new program.
According to the rapporteur, Senator Confucius Moura (MDB-RO), the suggestion aims to address an "exceptionality" of the situation experienced by Cuban doctors who decided to stay in Brazil after the announcement of the end of their participation in Mais Médicos.
The government estimates that some 1,800 Cuban doctors remained in the country after the announcement of the end of their participation in Mais Médicos.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon