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ProcuraMed supports the peaceful street protests

The mission of ProcuraMed is to help improve the health care in Brazil, and we support the lawful, non-violent protestors who are demanding better health care, education, safe roads, good public transport, and safety in the streets.

Particularly in the northern parts of the country, many public hospitals are in deplorable condition, and those who rely on SUS (the public health service) face intolerable delays for treatment. But even wealthier Brazilians are not immune from impediments to good healthcare.

The richest Brazilian can find the best healthcare in the world here, but those not at the top of the pyramid must rely on hospitals that lack basic accreditation from international agencies that help ensure minimal standards of safety, cleanliness, and good care.

While the number of internationally accredited hospitals in Brazil is slowly increasing, there are still only 24 in the entire country—14 in São Paulo, 5 in Rio de Janeiro, 3 in Porto Alegre, and 2 in Recife—that have been certified by the Joint Commission International, the international standard for hospitals. This Commission certifies hospitals throughout the world, and for comparison, as an example, the United States has 4,091 Joint Commission accredited hospitals.

So there is much that needs to be done to improve health care in Brazil, and ProcuraMed is trying to do our part by improving transparency and making basic information about doctors easily available on the internet.

We at ProcuraMed do not answer to any group of doctors, corporations or political interests. Our interest is improving the health of Brazil through transparency, truth, and visibility. We hope you will be with us in the years ahead to help to work for those goals.

Should you wish to find a doctor, of any specialty, anywhere in Brazil, use our main website: www.procuramed.com.

 

Additional background information for our readers who live outside of Brazil, as the international media has to date mostly ignored what is happening here:

Since June 10, there have been a growing number of street protests throughout Brazil. The protests began in the largest cities São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and have spread now to other cities such as Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, and the capital, Brasília. At least one hundred thousand mostly younger people marched in Rio de Janeiro on June 17.

The large majority of demonstrators have been peaceful, and there has been widespread criticism of the police for using unnecessary force to try to repress the protestors.

These demonstrations began as outcries against increases in the price of public transport, but quickly it became clear, as more and more people joined the protests, that they were protesting against poor public services (despite high taxation), and corruption. They are outraged that billions have been spent on upgrading and building new soccer stadiums in preparation for the World Cup 2014, but relatively little on a safe infrastructure, public health, education, and safety.

Throughout Brazil, public school teachers are poorly paid, it is unsafe to walk outside at night in most large cities, and particularly in the poorer northern part of the country, public hospitals are in deplorable condition.

The protestors are angry about rampant political corruption. Federal representative (Deputados) regularly increase their own salaries, and have voted themselves  “10th, 11th, and 12th salaries”, meaning that beyond their already inflated, self-determined, base salaries, they have awarded themselves 3 extra months of salary bonuses yearly. They have large supplementary discretionary allowances they can spend on whatever “assistants” they select, and many choose family members who collect thousands monthly for doing nothing.

The Supreme Court of Brazil last year convicted a number of politicians in the largest corruption trial in Brazil’s history (the “mensalão” scandal). Those convicted have not yet entered prison, and in an attempt to avoid incarceration, the House of Representatives of Brazil—the Câmera dos Deputados—is attempting to pass legislation that would void the mensalão convictions, and prohibit future effective oversight or prosecution of corrupt federal politicians, leaving the policing to the politicians themselves.

So now, for really the first time in modern history, many Brazilians are fed up and saying “enough”— it is time to reform, and direct wasted and diverted resources for better schools, hospitals, and basic safety. People want to walk their streets again without fear, and receive adequate health care for their families. We all deserve that.

See also:

Brazil’s protesters take to the streets again (Huffington Post World)

Thousands gather for protests in Brazil’s largest cities (New York Times)

 

 

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