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April 13, 2016
With intense riots rife through the streets of Brazil in the lead up to the Confederations Cup Final, the media and the world’s attention was on the soon to be World Cup hosts. The protests began back in June 2013 and were initially organised to protest the increases in the cost of using public transport in some Brazilian cities. As the protests grew, they came to incorporate subjects such as police force used against the protestors as well as multiple issues regarding infrastructure, education and the healthcare system. In total the demonstrations saw over 2million Brazilians take to the streets in Brazil’s largest cities such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. However, it seems that their voices have been heard by President Dilma Rousseff, who met their demands and has implemented certain healthcare reform for a better future for Brazil.
The reforms will also be stretching to change the university medical curriculum meaning that students graduating from 2015 will have to spend 2 years in the public sector. Medicine has always been a highly contested degree across the world however, and to the delight of prospective medical students, 11,500 extra places on medical courses will be offered in the next 4 years. This is the governmental attempt to ensure the sustainability of the Brazilian healthcare system as well as increase the possible access to doctors across Brazil. The medical curriculum has further been reformed as the usual degree length for a medical student was 6 years before they were being allowed to practise medicine. However with an added two years’ work within the public sector before graduation, the length of the degree has been increased of the eight years.
These changes to the healthcare system are some of the biggest that have happened in modern Brazilian history. Brazil is one of the largest country’s in the world, has one of the largest populations in the world and its economy is growing year on year, making Brazil into one of the most important players in todays and the future market. Although the dreadful protests were seen from all over the world, positive outcomes have been produced. Not only has the government shown to listen to its people and implement the ideology of a democracy but the healthcare system has also benefitted as a result of the protests. With Brazil hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games, the continual rise and development of Brazil has cemented its place as an important part in the expansion of Latin America’s influence on the world.