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The Brazilian Health System
Brazil's health service infra-structure consists of government health services, non-profit health organisations (NGOs), and the private medical sector.
Government hospitals are often crowded because they are free. Waiting times can be long and the facilities may not be as good as in private hospitals.
For non-Brazilians there are no charges at public hospitals. A foreigner can use a private hospital but must pay for the privilege.
The private sector
Most of the private hospitals in Brazil have excellent medical facilities and Brazil is one of the leading medical tourism destinations in South America.
Expatriates in Brazil are not covered by any state medical plans. Generally expatriate employees are insured through their employer's health insurance plans or individuals take out private health care insurance.
A number of Brazilian and international companies offer a wide range of health insurance packages. Some Brazilian banks, for example Bradesco and Unibanco, also offer health insurance. Many Brazilian companies offer health insurance as part of a life insurance package, so it is best to check the policy carefully if only health insurance is required.
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