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Advancing the Human Right to Health$
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José M. Zuniga, Stephen P. Marks, and Lawrence O. Gostin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661619.001.0001

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Brazil: a long journey towards a universal healthcare system

Brazil: a long journey towards a universal healthcare system

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(p.173) Chapter 12 Brazil: a long journey towards a universal healthcare system
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Advancing the Human Right to Health
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Armando De Negri Filho

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661619.003.0012

This chapter documents recent legal and political developments regarding the constitutional right to health in Brazil, where a broad social acceptance of this right continues to propel movement towards an equitable universal health system. It begins with a history of Brazil and an overview of the nation’s health. It then discusses human rights and accountability in Brazil; the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of healthcare; limitations on rights under domestic laws to protect public health; the history of failures with respect to the human right to health; and future national directions towards the right to health.

Keywords:   right to health, healthcare, health policy, public health, human rights, universal health system

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