Plan to increase private involvement in health rebuffed by population

The Bolsonaro administration issued a decree foreseeing studies to increase private-sector participation in Brazil's public health system

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One of the recurring criticisms of Brazil’s Economy Ministry, led by the ultraliberal Paulo Guedes, has been its failure to execute a single privatization project in 22 months in office. After struggling to make progress on plans to privatize state-owned electricity firm Eletrobras — the intended first step toward Mr. Guedes’ wild promise to sell off “every single state-owned company” — the Economy Ministry made a curious turn toward the country’s public health system.

Advisors of Mr. Guedes told The Brazilian Report that the cabinet minister deemed privatizing parts of the health system would be “easier” to sell...

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