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Understanding Brazil Regional Health Markets

Published 02 June 2014

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Understanding Brazil Regional Health Markets

BMI View: Brazil's commitment to healthcare means that it will continue to offer significant revenue - generating opportunities for pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers in both the public and private sectors. However, the uneven distribution of healthcare resources has made certain states in Brazil much more attractive than the rest of the country.

Since 1988, when Brazil's new constitution defined healthcare as a social right for all Brazilians and a state responsibility, the country's healthcare system has undergone significant changes. At 9% of GDP, with per capita spending on healthcare of USD1,014, the Brazilian healthcare sector has surpassed many developing countries in terms of the standard of healthcare and service coverage. It is unusual that the private and public sectors are of similar sizes in terms of expenditure, as in most other countries spending by one sector dominates.

The country has made significant inroads in public health. Illustrating this, average life expectancy in Brazil reached 72.3 years in 2006, which is an increase of 15% from 62.6 years in 1980. The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics attributes the rise to more practising doctors, better access to clinics and hospitals and greater uptake of medicines, especially vaccines for children. As in many countries, there is a large gender gap, with women (76.1) living nearly eight years longer than men (68.5).

However, the system's lingering inequalities are still manifest, reflecting the dramatic gulf between rich and poor in the country. Many chronic and critical diseases such as diabetes, as well as many forms of cancer, go untreated due to a lack of preventative care. The uneven distribution of healthcare resources across the regions remains a key issue. São Paulo, Brazil's economic and industrial powerhouse, has more hospitals, hospital beds and doctors than any other state in Brazil, and the region's wealth means that the state authorities can afford to...

A forensic analysis with statistics on national and regional health infrastructure and provision. An essential source of highly detailed business data.

Brazil's commitment to healthcare means that it will continue to offer significant revenue generating opportunities for pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers in both the public and private sectors. However, the uneven distribution of healthcare resources has made certain states in Brazil much more attractive than the rest of the country.

Any assessment of Brazil must consider the recent improvements and changes as well as identifying the challenges that are influencing the development of the health market throughout the country.

  • How is the population and wealth regionally distributed?
  • To what degree does the rich south east region skew analysis of Brazil’s financial and health infrastructure?
  • How is specific healthcare delivered?
  • What role is played by the growing private health insurance sector?

Identifying real opportunities in Brazil’s expanding health economy requires detailed knowledge of the economic performance and health infrastructure at a regional level. Being able to see that in the context of the neighbouring regions as well as the national picture, brings focus to areas of opportunity and need.

Rich in statistics, charts and maps, this new 140-page report from Espicom Understanding Brazil’s Regional Healthcare Markets delivers real insights into regional health needs and opportunities.

Drill down into Brazil’s regional health markets and better understand the opportunities and challenges.

Brazil has made great strides in improving the health of its citizens yet, in common with other emerging markets, distribution of health services is uneven, with wide disparities between regions.

Economy: The Brazilian economy experienced real growth of around 1.0% in 2012, to be valued at US$2,246.8 billion, with average per capita GDP of US$11,310. Brazil is currently the world’s 7th largest economy, between France (US$2,773 billion) and the UK (US$2,436 billion).

Demography: At 194.7 million, the population of Brazil is the fifth largest in the world. Average population growth is around 1.1% per annum. Around 21.6% of the population reside in São Paulo state and 8.4% live in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The 2010 census identified 14.1 million people aged 65 or older, equivalent to 7.4% of the population.

Healthcare Expenditure: We estimate that Brazil’s spending on healthcare reached R$438.6 billion (US$203.2 billion) in 2013. Growing at 9.2% local currency compound annual growth rate through to 2018, we predict healthcare will reach a value of R$681.0bn (US$313.8bn) at consumer prices. Government expenditure on health, which accounted for 46.6% of total health expenditure in 2013, is forecast to increase in relative terms to 48.9% of total healthcare spending by 2018.

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