General information on the health system in Brazil
Brazil is a country divided into several states, each with its own legislative power. The Brazilian social security system covers four main sectors:
In the event of incapacity to work, companies provides benefits to the employee. Invalidity, sickness, accident at work, death, old age, maternity, etc. Social welfare is managed by the National Social Security Institute and works thanks to the contributions of employees, employers and self-employed workers.
Fully linked to the Brazilian state, health is managed by the Ministry of Health.
A ministry is specially created to deal with people who do not qualify for social benefits. Older people, those with disabilities or those who are unable to work can thus receive a minimum resource to enable them to live.
It is financed by the same budget as social welfare and covers differently public and private sector employees.
Should you take out health insurance for Brazil ?
If you are going to work in Brazil, it is essential to take out a good health insurance plan. Considering the high health costs in the country, you should take out an expertise international healthcare insurance of good level.
As a simple traveler or for a professional mission, it is essential to take out health insurance before leaving for Brazil.
Security risks in Brazil
Brazil is a country where crime has a strong presence. It is not uncommon for tourists to be victims of robberies or even violent or armed attacks. In case of aggression, especially do not resist and give what you possess to your aggressor not to put your life in danger. Do not try to make an irresponsible gesture. In order to avoid this as much as possible, do not walk around with too much money on you and avoid attracting attention. Road accidents are, after homicides, the most common cause of death each year. So be very careful if you take the wheel. Be careful if you travel during the dry season. The fires are very frequent in Brazil and make their victims each year.
Health risks in Brazil
Brazil is particularly known for the presence of yellow fever virus. The disease, transmitted by mosquitoes can take several forms. This can range from mere fever to death. It is strongly advised to get vaccinated before going to the country, any treatment being only symptomatic.
AIDS is a disease present in Brazil. It is therefore very important to protect oneself, to be careful and to avoid any risky situation.
Disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes, dengue fever is like a big flu. No preventive medicine exists at the moment, so it is recommended to avoid the mosquitoes and to take care of Paracetamol in first necessity. Aspirin is to be banished completely so as not to aggravate the situation. Dengue is on the rise in Brazil.
Each year, Brazil has several cases of H1N1 and avian influenza. Depending on the case, the disease can be very serious or even fatal. In order to avoid danger, consider avoiding poultry in cages in cities and washing your hands as often as possible. In case of doubt of transmission: consult a doctor immediately!
Cases of malaria are common in Brazil and it is recommended to contact your doctor before leaving to consider treatment over the length of stay. It will often be necessary to continue this treatment several weeks after the end of the trip. In case of severe fever during your stay, see a doctor immediately.
Another infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes: the Chikungunya would have entered the northeast of Brazil. There is also no treatment except symptomatic and it is therefore highly recommended to be wary of mosquitoes.
GoldExpat insurance for your expatriation in Brazil
In order to assist you in your expatriation in Brazil, Mondassur offers you GoldExpat, the ideal Brazil insurance for expatriates. GoldExpat covers :
Hospitalization at 100% of actual costs
Hospitalization must be reimbursed at 100% of actual costs incurred, it is a real necessity for a good insurance. The costs of hospitalization in Brazil are among the highest in the world, so you must be 100% covered in the event of an accident.
Being covered is one thing, but being covered for damage to others is another! Imagine being responsible for breaking the window of a shop in Sao Paulo. You will benefit from the coverage of the Goldexpat Insurance plan.
Complete assistance of repatriation
There are many cases or medical situations where repatriation to the country of origin is mandatory or strongly recommended. Where local insurance will never allow repatriation, international health insurance will allow you to return to your country for treatment.
In all these situations and so many others, the GoldExpat Brazil insurance covers you and guarantees you immediate coverage for a very reasonable price.
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