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DUARTE, Cristina Maria Rabelais. Equity in law: a Brazilian health system's principle?. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2000, vol.5, n.2, pp.443-463. ISSN 1678-4561.

This article intends to delineate the definition accept in Brazilian legislation and put in question possible results of the setorial reform suggest by actual government. After a conceptual approach, the Magna Charta and Complementary Laws are analyzed. Following, assuming that the budget repass from federal to municipality government are instruments - or not - of redistribution, those mechanisms implemented by "Normas Operacionais Básicas" are analyzed, considering their capacity of promote equity. A panoramic view about reform health system reform proposes and the role of health private sector emphasizes the implications on equity. In conclusions, it's indicated that the extent of social inequalities in Brazil demand politics engaged with solidarity and equity. The Magna Charta and Complementary Laws are advanced, and the "Normas Operacionais", even so faraway to take effect the constitutional principles, shows important progresses in this direction.

Keywords : Equity; Health Legislation; Health Policies; Public and Private Health Sector; Health Reform.

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