The Program More Doctors for Brazil and the strengthening of primary health care

Scientific article written by the authors: Hêider Aurélio Pinto, Mozart Julio Tabosa Sales, Felipe Proenço de Oliveira, Regina Brizolara, Alexandre Medeiros de Figueiredo e Jerzey Timóteo dos Santos.

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This article uses the theoretical framework of policy analysis to study the Program More Doctors for Brazil. Analyzes and organizes information and studies related to social issues taken as object of this policy, namely, the insufficiency of physicians in the country to meet the needs of the population and the inadequacy, from the perspective of the Unified Health System, of the current medical training model, and studies the context that enabled the creation of the Program. Describes and analyzes the innovations and policy tools, created by Law 12,871, and analyzes the current status of its implementation in three dimensions: the training and the performance of doctors in the most vulnerable locations and with the greatest needs; the change of medical training, from graduation to medical residency; and finally, in growth and reorientation of the vacancy at the undergraduate and residence aiming that Brazil reaches in 2026 the ratio of 2.7 doctors per 1,000 inhabitants.



“Mais Médicos”: a Brazilian program in an international perspective

Scientific article written by the authors: Felipe Proenço de Oliveira, Tazio Vanni,  Hêider Aurélio Pinto, Jerzey Timoteo Ribeiro dos Santos, Alexandre Medeiros de Figueiredo, Sidclei  Queiroga  de  Araújo, Mateus Falcão Martins Matos, Eliana Goldfarb Cyrino.

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The shortage of health professionals in remote and vulnerable areas is an important obstacle for universal access to health in several countries. This paper examines the policies of provision of health professionals in Australia, in the United States of America, and in Brazil. In spite of the partial success of previous initiatives, it was only with the “Mais Médicos” (“More Physicians”) Program that the provision of physicians in vulnerable areas had the magnitude and the response in adequate time to respond to the demands of the Brazilian municipalities. Quantitative and qualitative changes in the training of physicians are in course and they seek to assure not only universality, but also integrality and sustainability in the Brazilian National Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde – SUS). The success of these initiatives will depend on the continuity of the intefederative articulation, of State regulation policies, as well as of the continuous monitoring and improvement of the program.