As the Brazilian economy has stabilized over recent years so medical plans have improved and both medical and dental care in Brazil are relatively good, especially in major cities like Sao Paulo. The efficiency of the healthcare services available varies greatly according to the district concerned however. Some will tell you that treatment is rapid while others will warn you that you should expect long queues.
The state Unified Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde, or SUS) provides a broad range of free health care services which are available to all people legally domiciled in Brazil, including foreign residents.
Should you need to see a doctor you will definitely be at an advantage if you have an additional private health plan or health insurance though. Indeed, relying on public medical treatment can sometimes turn into a nightmare, especially if you are faced with serious health problem.
One notable and very convenient difference between the Brazilian healthcare system and systems found in other countries is that you do not necessarily need to be referred by a GP in order to see a specialist.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Sao Paulo is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Brazil. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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Designed for either short or long stays, APRIL International’s insurance policies offer protection against any problems that might arise before departure or during your time in Brazil: cancelling your trip, medical expenses following an illness or accident, needing to be repatriated, causing damage to a third party or losing your luggage.
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