More than three months ago, a large scale public survey was done in the state of São Paulo with more than 350,000 people, with the goal to find out
about the public opinion regarding the Public Health System, known in Brazil as SUS
(Sistema Unico do Saude).
Here are the problems:
-The governor of the state of São Paulo, Mr José Serra, is one of the main candidates to this year's presidency election in Brazil;
-The results of the public survey are not very good and could undermine José Serra's campaign and cost him many votes;
-Because of the negative results in the public survey, it has been kept a secret from the public for more than three months.
That public survey has just been leaked to UOL Noticias, the largest Online News webportal in Brazil.
Here is what they were hiding from the public:
-Only 24% of pregnant women in labor received any sort of anesthesy; 42,8% received painkillers during labor; and 14% gave birth receiving nothing
more than a warm bath to aliviate the pain;
-30% of those surveyed said they had to wait 6 months to receive high complexity procedures, like Quimotherapy, Hemodyalisis and Catheterism. Those
procedures, when done in private institutions for patients who can afford them, are done in a matter of days;
-30% of those surveyed said that they had no access to vaccines. Ever. Which contradicts the public reports from the state´s Health Department, that
says it has a full stock of vacciness in all public hospitals and other public health facilities;
-18,9% of parents said that their children weren't vaccinated after birth, which goes against São Paulo's Immunization Program;
talked to 6 specialists in public health assistance. Some asked not to be identified by name. All agreed that the public survey shows
a grave flaw in the Public Health System in the state of Sao Paulo.
About the SUS(Sistema Unico de Saude):
The SUS was created in 1988, by the Federal Constitution of Brazil to guarantee the right to health assistance to every brazilian citizen.
In 1990, a law had passed establishing the main principals directing the SUS, which are:
Health is a constitutional right for all citizens;
Citizens must have access to curative and preventive means;
Every citizen must have equal access to the public health system;
Participation of the Community:
A social control of the SUS is to be done through federal conferences every four years, giving the population
half of the seats in the conference to discuss the public health system;
Descentralization of the administration:
Creates the individualization of the administration of the SUS in three different levels: Federal,
State and Municipal;
LINK TO UOL