Economic: The Brazilian economy experienced real growth of around 2.9% in 2011, to be valued at US$2,485 billion, with average per capita GDP of US$12,889. Brazil is currently the world's 7th largest economy, between France (US$2,773 billion) and the UK (US$2,436 billion). Per capita GDP ranges from around US$4,089 in the Northeast region to US$25,250 in the federal district, which comprises the nation's capital, Brasilia.
Demography: At 194.7 million, the population of Brazil is the fifth largest in the world, behind China, India, USA and Indonesia. Average population growth is around 1.1% per annum. Around 21.6% of the population reside in SÃ£o Paulo state, while Minas Gerais is home to around 10.3% 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:In 2011, Brazil spent R$368.2 billion (US$219.8 billion) on healthcare, equivalent to 8.8% of GDP. Private spending accounted for 52.7% of the total, more than half of which was out of pocket spending. Public health spending amounted to US$115.8 billion. Per capita health spending was around US$1,140..
Primary Care:The main delivery system for primary care in Brazil is the Family Health Programme. The programme aims to provide free vaccinations and basic healthcare to the community. Primary care is provided at health centres, basic health units, specialist clinics, independent doctors' practices, polyclinics, health posts and mobile units.
Hospital Care:Brazil has 6,704 hospitals and 456,067 beds, equivalent to 2.4 beds per thousand population. Brazil's hospital network treats treat more than 11 million inpatients annually under the country's unified health system (SUS). Some of Brazil's private hospitals are attracting health tourists, particularly in SÃ£o Paulo, which has gained international recognition for high quality healthcare.
Medical personnel:Brazil has 284,612...