As ICUs Fill, Pressure Builds for Government Control Over Private Beds

"The collapse of the health care system is knocking on our doors," says one researcher, while a private sector institution says the measure will spark disputes.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Healthcare institutions want the public sector to have access to private health plan beds for hospitalization of patients infected with the coronavirus. They are at the forefront of the 'Leitos Para Todos' (Beds For All) movement.

The concern is that the public system will become overburdened, while the private health care system only serves its beneficiaries. According to the movement, the Single Health System (SUS) has 44 percent of the total number of ICU beds available in the country; while 55 percent of the existing beds are geared toward serving health plan beneficiaries, who make up . . .

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