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  • Economic crisis is the biggest health threat on the planet

    http://noticias.r7.com/saude/noticia...-20120408.html
    Portuguese-English translation

    Economic crisis is the biggest health threat on the planet
    National Health Council warning to reduce public spending in the sector
    Agency Brazil


    The international economic crisis and the consequent decrease in public spending on health should be the main concern of humanity today. Assessment is the President of the National Health Council (CNS), Francisco Batista J?nior, a news magazine program to Brazil, the National Radio. - The greatest threat [to world health] is the political moment. Due to a structural crisis, health is increasingly threatened by the possibility of being transformed solely into a commodity and not treated as a human right. The economic crisis reduces labor supply in other countries and restricted funding sources based on deductions from wages for social security funding. President says that the CNS is concerned, especially with the situation of European countries, due to budget problems the state, are diminishing the scope of the policies of social welfare . For him, the operation of the Unified Health System (SUS), in times of international crisis, Brazil is an asset. - The health reform that led to the SUS was designed on the logic of health is a universal right of the people, as an inalienable right and unquestionable and not a commodity to be sold in the market. According to the expert, the SUS "is largely responsible for improving the quality of life in Brazil." Before the system (provided in the Constitution of 1988), the country suffered with "various diseases" and now has a "health situation in higher quality" and "with access to cutting-edge technologies," he said. President of the CNS recognizes, however, that the system has not been fully implemented. In reference to underfunding and gaps in prevention, "is at odds with what the law says and the Constitution."
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