Twenty-seven-year-old Fábio Cruz lost hope in Brazil’s public health system when his mother suffered a stroke. Doctors at a downtown casualty unit sent him home, diagnosing his 60-year old mother with a bout of “stress.” When Mr. Cruz took his mother to Albert Schweizer public hospital in Realengo days later, doctors rushed her to treatment, shocked at her condition.
“There are good people in the public health system,” sighs Mr. Cruz. “But others are completely unprepared.”
At a moment when politicians across Brazil have focused their efforts on reforming the country’s ailing pension system amid rapid demographic changes, the topic of healthcare for Brazil’s senior citizens has received little attention.