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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Created in 1990, with successes and setbacks in the implementation of health programmes and the organisation of its health system, Brazil has achieved nearly universal access to health-care services for the population. Recognized as one of the largest public health systems in the world, the National Health System (SUS) turned 30 on Saturday. The expansion of SUS has allowed Brazil to rapidly address the changing health needs of the population, with dramatic upscaling of health service coverage in just three decades.

According to Minister of Health Eduardo Pazuello, SUS has become essential. "There is no . . .

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