Brazil: Majority says corruption is responsible for poor quality of public health system

Lourenço Canuto – Agencia Brasil, 01/17/2012

Problems in the Brazilian public health system (doctors on strike, equipment and material shortfalls and, once in a while, someone dying in line waiting to see a doctor) could be resolved if corruption was eliminated. At least that is what 82% of the people interviewed in a public opinion poll said.

The poll, run by one of the country’s most prestigious pollsters, Ibope, for the National Confederation of Industry (“CNI”), interviewed 2,002 people in 141 municipalities around the country.

Only 4% of those interviewed said they believed that the government should increase taxes in order to get more funds for the public health system.

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