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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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SOUZA, Renilson Rehem de. Reduction of the regional inequalities in the allocation of the federal resources for the health. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2003, vol.8, n.2, pp. 449-460. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232003000200010.

This article is about the strategies developed by Brazilian Ministery of Health to change the patterns of health financing in the country. In the beginning of its introduction, the new National Health System (SUS) kept the old way of health financing, wich was used by the social welfare system. Once this system had to serve its contributors, the most part of the health funds was destinated to the most developed regions of the country, which concentrate a biggest number of workers included in the social welfare. To solve this, the Ministery of Health adopted new kinds of fund distribution. The poorest regions share began proportionally biggest than the richest ones. As a result of this strategy, the differences of funds among regions became shorter, and its also possible to conclude that the services suply raised in the poorest regions of the country.

Keywords : Financing; Inequality; Health assistance.

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