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Public Health System Quality and the Variation in Private Health Insurance Coverage

October 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Brazilian public health system counts with a unified structure named SUS, supposed to be available for the entire population. Despite the challenges it suffers, several studies showed recent improvement and advances in the system. Although SUS existence, the private sector accounts for 54% of health spending and 24.5% of the Brazilian population has some kind of private health insurance. Considering that, this study proposes empirical research trying to understand the relation between the quality of health services offered by the Government and the coverage of the private sector. With this purpose, the research proposes an evaluation of SUS quality under two measures. In the first one, considering that in many municipalities SUS is represented by Brazil’s Family Health Program (PSF), the study evaluates the impact of PSF’s adoption in private health insurance coverage. In the second approach, the research proposes evaluating SUS quality under different levels of complexities. Preliminary results show some evidence that improving SUS quality, especially in basic care, is important for reducing private health insurance in some municipalities.


October 24, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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