Revista de Saúde Pública
versión impresa ISSN 0034-8910
QUEIROZ, Marcos de Souza y VIANNA, Ana Luíza. The model of state health policy and the system of medical assistance adopted in present-day Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1992, vol.26, n.2, pp. 132-140. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101992000200011.
A contribution to the analysis of the health reform presently occurring in Brazil is presented. The need to consolidate the theoretical background which supports the advances already achieved in order to understand recent events in the area is stressed. In this regard, the health reform is understood as a question transcending the mere administrative and managerial aspect of the health system, since it necessarily involves a redefinition of the concepts of health, disease and the medical practice adopted by the dominant mechanistic paradigm of medicine. The recent events which delineate the health system in Brazil are analysed and criticised in the light of this concern.
Palabras llave : Health policy; Health system; National health programs.