Sistema Único de Saúde
The Sistema Único de Saúde (Portuguese pronunciation: [sis.ˈte.mɐ ˈu.ni.ku dʒi sa.ˈu.dʒi], Unified Health System), better known by the acronym SUS, is Brazil's publicly funded health care system. SUS was created after the Brazilian Constitution of 1988, which assured that health care is a "right of all and an obligation of the State". Prior to that, only people who contributed with the social security were able to receive health care. The creation of SUS was important in the sense that more than 80% of the Brazilian population depend on it to receive medical treatment. Brazil provides two-tier health care, but almost 25% of the population pay for private insurance.
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