Doctors for Brazil Program: first results
Keywords:Primary Health Care, Health Policy, Family Practice, Health Services Accessibility
Access to medical care is essential for achieving quality Primary Health Care (PHC). In Brazil, access difficulties persist. The Doctors for Brazil Program (PMpB in Portuguese) intends to expand the offer of medical services in places of difficult provision or high vulnerability. It brings as innovations the prioritization of smaller and more isolated cities; the selection of professionals through an isonomic process; training in Family Practice and; the first federal medical career in the PHC, with competitive salaries, progression and financial incentives that value longitudinality and performance. The PMpB is executed by the Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care (Adaps), which allows for more efficient management. The first nine months of the program show promising results, with approximately 23,000 physicians interested in joining the program through its selection process, 97,1% of occupying vacancies and 95,4% of retention. Such results indicate an improvement in the quality of the PMpB in relation to previous policies, as well as the need to continue with its implementation, so that it reaches its full potential of coverage in the PHC of the public health system.
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Copyright (c) 2023 Caroline Martins José dos Santos, Soraya Zacarias Drumond de Andrade, Lucas Wollmann, Fernanda Valentim Conde de Castro Frade, Neiane da Silva Azevedo Andreato, Roberto Rosa da Silveira Junior, Polyanna Peres Andrade, Alexandre Pozza Urnau Silva
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