Part 3: How to ParticipateStep 3: Who Can Join You on the Road to UHC?
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Brazil provides free, universal access to medical care to anyone legally living in the country. Known as SUS (Sistema Único de Saúde), the Unified Health System was created in 1989 and is the largest non-discriminatory government-run public health care system in the world.
The SUS is a decentralized system managed by Brazilian states and municipalities. To access healthcare, a National Health Identification card is required so that medical records can be coordinated between public and private services. More than 80% of the Brazilian population depend on SUS to receive medical treatment.
Health is a right of all and an obligation of the State, guaranteed by socio-economic policies which seek to the reduction of the risk of disease and of other grievances and to the universal and equal access to the actions and services in its promotion, protection and recuperation
– Constitution of Brazil, 1988