Information about Brazilian health market

Brazilian health market – interesting information

The Brazilian health market is a complex system, as one can find both public (named SUS in Portuguese) and private systems with health plans.

The costs for the customer (patient) of private hospitals in Brazil is high, complex and impossible to check.

Some interesting statistics:

  • In 2015, the inflation rate of products and services in hospital was of 10,7%. (Above the inflation of about 6 to 7% in 2015).
  • In 2015 the health plan costs for companies was of 12%. Every year one can note increase in the costs.

Health plans within companies

  • After a layoff a Brazilian employee can maintain the health plan for 6 months.
  • If our information is correct, the maximum ammount of co-participation (co pay in the USA) is an amount of 30%. So if a drug costs USD 300.-, the employee should pay a maxmium of USD 90.- .

Interesting health startups in Brazil

“Uber of Health” Apps

  • Docway
    In August 2016 operated in Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Manaus and Sao Paulo. There were 1.700 active physicians in August 2016
  • Beep Sáude
    In August 2016 operated in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. 750 active physicians in August 2016. Possible to connect with Uber to transport physicians
  • Dr.Vem!
    In August 2016 operated in Sao Paulo. 140 active physicians in August 2016.

Notes about these “Uber of Health” apps.
– Most of the customers (patients) of these Apps are parents with children, other said in order to avoid long waiting time in ER (Emergency Room) they prefer to hire a physician that could come at home.
– The physicians that work for these platforms are happy to earn some extra money, for instance during the evenings or the week-end.

Interesting Brazilian health institutions

  • Hospital Oswaldo Cruz (about 2.400 employees) in Sao Paulo

Written by Xavier Gruffat (Head of Note: these information might not be exact, the goal of this page is just to understand better the health market in Brazil.

Brazilian health operators (health plans)

  • Bradesco Saúde – the largest health plan in Brazil

Sources: Folha de S.Paulo

Observação da redação: este artigo foi modificado em 25.08.2016