Health Minister Says National ICU Wait List Will Be Discussed with Private Hospitals

The Minister advocates cooperation between private hospitals and SUS, rather than "taking" beds. Brazil confirms over 600 deaths in 24 hours for the second consecutive day and the Ministry of Health announces a new strategy for population testing.

0707RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With at least four states lined up seeking more ICU beds in the public hospital system during the coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister Nelson Teich is considering the option of creating a single wait list, including both public and private networks, for these beds that are vital for the survival of critically ill patients.

Asked by journalists about this option, the Minister said that he would discuss this with the private sector when the situation reaches "the limit" and considered that a measure like this (adopted in countries like Spain and Ireland) could have implications for a . . .

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