Health Ministry’s Drug Program Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – News of people dying while waiting for care in Brazil’s public hospitals is not uncommon and most health analysts agree that Brazil’s Health System is extremely deficient. Many in the field, however, praise the country’s Farmacia Popular (Popular Pharmacy) and its Saúde Não Tem Preço (Health Has No Price) programs, which distribute many types of medication with a reduced price or free of charge.

“The program is interesting,” says Dr. Jose Erivalder Guimarães, director at the Sindicato dos Médicos de São . . .

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